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Title:
Left : a novel
Author:
Ossowski, Tamar.
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Publication Information:
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2013]
Physical Description:
238 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"A 'haunting, sometimes harrowing' novel that examines the difficult decision a mother must make on behalf of her autistic child. Therese Wolley is a mother who has made a promise. She works as a secretary, shops for groceries on Saturdays, and takes care of her two girls. She doesn't dwell on the fact that her girls are fatherless, mostly because her own father abandoned her before she was born and she has done just fine without him. Even though her older daughter regularly wakes with nightmares and her younger one whispers letters under her breath, she doesn't shift from her resolve that everything will be fine. She promises . . . and they believe. Until the morning an obituary in the newspaper changes everything. Therese immediately knows what she has to do. She cannot delay what she has planned, and she cannot find the words to explain her heartbreaking decision to her daughters. She considers her responsibilities, her girls, and her promise. Then she does the only thing that any real mother would do. She goes on the run with one daughter . . . and abandons the other. Left is told from the perspectives of Franny, the autistic sister who is left behind; Matilda, the troubled older sister who vows to go back and save her; and Therese, a mother on the run" --
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781626360372
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Book

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"A haunting, sometimes harrowing portrait of the ways that love can go wrong--and how we can right it. . . . Trust me, you've never read anything like this--like a shadow, it will stick with you." --Caroline Leavitt, author of the New York Times bestseller Pictures of You

Therese Wolley made a promise. She works as a secretary, shops for groceries on Saturdays, and takes care of her two girls. She doesn't dwell on the fact that her girls are fatherless, mostly because her own father abandoned her before she was born, and she has done just fine without him.

Even though her older daughter regularly wakes with nightmares and her younger one whispers letters under her breath, she doesn't shift from her resolve that everything will be fine. She promises . . . and they believe.

Until the morning an obituary in the newspaper changes everything. Therese immediately knows what she has to do. She cannot delay what she has planned, and she cannot find the words to explain her heartbreaking decisions to her daughters. She considers her responsibilities, her girls, and a promise she made years ago. Then she does the only thing that any real mother would do. She goes on the run with one daughter . . . and abandons the other.

Left is told from the perspectives of Franny, the younger sister who is left behind; Matilda, the troubled older sister who vows to go back and save her; and Therese, a mother on the run.

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Author Notes


Tamar Ossowski is married and has three children, one of whom was born with special needs and could spell before he learned to speak. She wrote the novel Left to explore the possibility that you can only become the person you are supposed to be once you truly embrace the person you already are. Ossowski resides in Needham, Massachusetts.


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Booklist Review

Therese Wolley takes her two children, Franny and Matilda, and runs to her best friend, troubled artist Leah. Franny is open to taking in their strange new house, but in the morning, Therese and Matilda are gone. As Franny adjusts to life with Leah, Matilda is hatching a plan to reunite with her sister, even if it means finding the father she doesn't remember with the help of the bad boy next door. Meanwhile, Therese is reliving the sparks she felt around her ex and her mother-in-law, the ominously named Barbara Yaga. The three Wolley women narrate the story, and each voice is as distinct as it is biased. Franny perceives the world through the lens of her autism and her youth. Matilda is plagued by strange dreams that color her daily life. Therese is ruled by her sense of touch, stubbornly relying on her impressions rather than reality, no matter how often she gets it wrong (although she doesn't always). This compact first novel is sometimes frustratingly short on details, but readers can be assured that it all makes sense in the end.--Maguire, Susan Copyright 2010 Booklist


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