Skip to main content


Patti Callahan Henry, author of Coming Up for Air

Ellie Calvin is caught in a dying marriage, and she knows this. With her beloved daughter away at college and a growing gap between her and her husband --- between her reality and the woman she wants to be --- she doesn't quite seem to fit into her own life. 

Week of May 21, 2012

Patti Callahan Henry’s COMING UP FOR AIR is about Ellie, who is dealing with the sudden loss of her formidable mother, Lillian. Ellie discovers the late woman’s diary, which opens up a whole side to her mother she never knew. She decides to return to the summer house in coastal Alabama where Lillian spent the summer of 1961, in the hopes of learning more about her mother and, perhaps, find some closure for herself.