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The Breakaway

A Novel

by Jennifer Weiner

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The Breakaway by Jennifer Weiner
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  • Published Aug 2023
    400 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner comes a warmhearted and empowering new novel about love, family, friendship, secrets, and the power of a trip to change your life.

Thirty-four-year-old Abby Stern has made it to a happy place. True, she still has gig jobs instead of a career, and the apartment where she's lived since college still looks like she just moved in. But she's got good friends, she's got her bike, and her bike club in Philadelphia. She's at peace with her plus-size body—at least, most of the time—and she's on track to marry her childhood sweetheart. Abby and Mark met at the weight-loss camp Abby's perpetually-dieting mother, Eileen, forced her daughter to attend. Fifteen years later, when Abby reconnects with a half-his-size Mark, and finds out that he still adores her, it feels like fate.

Yet Abby can't escape the feeling that something isn't right…or the memories of one mind-blowing night spent with a man named Sebastian two years ago. So when Abby gets a last minute call to lead a group bike trip from New York City to Niagara Falls, she's happy to have time away from Mark, and a chance to make up her mind.

But on the first day, Abby is shocked when she sees a familiar face in the tour group—Sebastian, the one-night stand she never thought she'd see again. As a serial dater who lives a hundred miles away, Sebastian is far from Mr. Perfect, and Abby is determined to keep her distance, even if their chemistry is undeniable. To make things even worse, there's a last-minute addition to the trip—Abby's mother, Eileen, whom Abby blames for a lifetime of body shaming and insecurities she's still trying to undo.

Over the next two weeks, strangers become confidantes, hidden truths come to light, and a teenage girl with a secret will unite all the riders in surprising ways—while all of Abby's certainties about herself, her mother, and the nature of love are challenged.

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"Abby is a deeply likable character, and Weiner expertly handles the delicate balance between her current body neutrality and her deep-seated trauma...The other riders on the trip provide humor and poignancy...The romance between Abby and Sebastian is a slow burn that's incredibly fun to read, but Abby's journey to make her life her own is the real standout. A lovely, compulsively readable story about finding your path and believing in your own worth." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Weiner's charming latest follows a cyclist as she contemplates her life during an upstate New York bike tour...Abby's development feels genuine, as she learns to define herself on her own terms. This breezy outing goes down easy." —Publishers Weekly

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Jennifer Weiner Author Biography

Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one books, including The Summer Place, That Summer, Big Summer, Mrs. Everything, In Her Shoes, Good in Bed, and a memoir in essays, Hungry Heart. She has appeared on many national television programs, including Today and Good Morning America, and her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among other newspapers and magazines. Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia.

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