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Leave Me
A Novel
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"This surprising, compassionate story brings to life the secret, guilty fantasy of many overworked moms." —People "In an enthralling novel reminiscent of Anne Tyler's Ladder of Years, a woman who...
"This surprising, compassionate story brings to life the secret, guilty fantasy of many overworked moms." —People "In an enthralling novel reminiscent of Anne Tyler's Ladder of Years, a woman who...
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  • "This surprising, compassionate story brings to life the secret, guilty fantasy of many overworked moms." People

    "In an enthralling novel reminiscent of Anne Tyler's Ladder of Years, a woman who recently suffered a heart attack runs away to recover her equilibrium."O, The Oprah Magazine
    Every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, and every woman who has ever dreamed of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention—meet Maribeth Klein. A harried working mother who's so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn't even realize she's had a heart attack.
    Surprised to discover that her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her, Maribeth does the unthinkable: she packs a bag and leaves. But, as is often the case, once we get where we're going we see our lives from a different perspective. Far from the demands of family and career and with the help of liberating new friendships, Maribeth is able to own up to secrets she has been keeping from herself and those she loves.
    With bighearted characters—husbands, wives, friends, and lovers—who stumble and trip, grow and forgive, Leave Me is about facing the fears we're all running from. Gayle Forman is a dazzling observer of human nature. She has written an irresistible novel that confronts the ambivalence of modern motherhood head on and asks, what happens when a grown woman runs away from home?

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  • Gayle Forman is a bestselling, award-winning author of young adult novels. Leave Me is her first novel for adults. Her novel If I Stay won the 2009 NAIBA Book of the Year Award and was a 2010 Indie Choice Honor Award winner. The film adaptation of If I Stay was released in 2014. Forman is also a journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and Elle. She has visited more than forty countries and wrote a nonfiction book about her travels titled You Can't Get There from Here: A Year on the Fringes of a Shrinking World. Forman lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two daughters.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 11, 2016
    YA author Forman’s successful foray into adult fiction features a New York City magazine editor, Maribeth Klein, an über-organized mom who is juggling her stressful job, a self-involved husband, and a set of preschool twins that are a handful. She’s so busy helping everyone else she ignores her heart attack symptoms, ending up with emergency bypass surgery. Following this massive disruption in her life, Maribeth decides the only way to recover from the emotional and physical trauma of what she’s been through is to suddenly leave her family, fleeing to Pittsburgh, not only to escape but also, spurred by her health problems, to find out more about her own background as an adoptee. The author nimbly explores what drove Maribeth from her family as well as what compels her to look for her birth mother at the age of 44. She goes off the grid—using cash from her savings, a burner phone, old-fashioned yellow pages, and the local library—to get her bearings and put a semblance of a life together. With humor and pathos, Forman depicts Maribeth’s complicated situation and her thoroughly satisfying arc, leaving readers feeling as though they’ve really accompanied Maribeth on her journey.

  • Kirkus

    July 1, 2016
    What if an overworked mother simply walked away? Could she find herself yet keep her abandoned family?Maribeth works full time, keeps house, and even manages to be a hands-on mother to her 4-year-old twins so her husband, Jason, can work longer hours --after all, it's not easy to make it in the music business. So when she starts feeling a bit queasy, tired, and achy one day, she simply carries on. Luckily a previously scheduled appointment with her gynecologist soon sends her to the hospital. But a heart attack and emergency bypass surgery don't buy her any recovery time. Within days of being sent home, her mother, who was supposed to help her recuperate, doesn't, even refusing to go to the store in the rain; the twins require emergency lice patrol; and Jason calls her selfish. At her wits' end, Maribeth walks away. Circumspect but careful about her health, she looks for a cardiologist who will accept her on a no-insurance, cash-only basis. She lands in the office of Stephen Grant, a man who clearly has secrets of his own: his name is spoken in hushed tones, he doesn't appear to have any other patients, and, unlike the cursory doctors of her past, he takes the time to really understand Maribeth. Maribeth's thoughts turn to finding her biological mother, leading her to Janice Pickering, founder of BurghBirthParents.org, who takes a personal interest in her. Award-winning teen author Forman's (I Was Here, 2015, etc.) adult debut nails the frustrations of working motherhood, though the love complications conveniently disappear and the frayed ends of Maribeth's life are retied too easily. An appealing fairy tale for the exhausted and underappreciated.

    COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Library Journal

    April 15, 2016
    Forman, a best-selling YA author whose "If I Stay" won a NAIBA Book of the Year Award, goes adult with this story of working mother Maribeth Klein, so frantic she doesn't realize she's had a heart attack. Upset that her recuperation seems an imposition on others, she packs her bags and flees. A Day of Dialog panelist.

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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