“…a multi-generational novel that plucks the heartstrings.”

-Entertainment Weekly
Top 10 book of summer 2010

Sea Escape by Lynne Griffin

“Griffin’s carefully crafted characters ring heartbreakingly true and her finely wrought plot will snare readers from the first page.”

—Publishers Weekly

(Starred Review)

Life Without Summer

“Griffin challenges parents to assert their authority differently. This book, rich in anecdotes, will make a great addition to any parenting collection.”

—Library Journal


Coming November 2015

--Roxana Robinson, author of Cost and Sparta, and President of The Author's Guild says:

“In Lynne Griffin’s new novel, she takes on a topic that’s rarely discussed but which richly deserves our attention: the fear-based teenage boot camps that serve as a dark undercurrent to our domestic culture. In this story, Griffin explores that somber, frightening world, through the twinned journeys of a troubled teenage girl and her grieving father. This is a terrific and terrifying story, and one that should be told. Brava to Griffin for having the courage to do so.”

Also coming in November is TALK ABOUT IT: ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH, a companion guide for reading GIRL SENT AWAY. Collaborate with Lynne to engage your community of parents, teachers, and teens in this important dialogue about preventive mental health. To invite Lynne to speak at your school, organization, or book club, email info@LynneGriffin.com.

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Adolescent Rebellion

Lynne talks about adolescent rebellion on Fox Morning News

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The Story Behind Sea Escape

Entertainment Weekly says, “SEA ESCAPE is a multigenerational saga that will pluck the heartstrings.“

Crossing To Safety

Complex Marriages in Fiction

Since the moment my husband and I announced our engagement—twenty-six years ago—I’ve heard just about all the marriage advice imaginable. “Marry your best friend.” “Marriage is work.” “Don’t go to bed angry.”  Cliches without specifics didn’t resonate with me then, and now that my daughter is about to marry, I’m thinking long and hard about the pearls of […]


Favorite Family Fiction of 2014

Book enthusiasts love to compile “best of” lists and post them at the end of December. Every year I consider doing it too, but when I sit down to write, I find myself bristling much like Emily Nussbaum did over creating a top ten list of TV shows. Not only is it impossible to have read all […]


Characters With Special Needs Make for Exceptional Stories

In May I had the honor of speaking at the American Montessori Conference in Dallas alongside the remarkable Temple Grandin, author of many nonfiction books, including The Autistic Brain. She mesmerized the audience, sharing anecdotes about her childhood and how her insightful mother nurtured her at a time when little was known about autism. Her real life stories stole my […]