Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Leave Me by Gayle Foreman


Publisher: Algonquin Books (September 6, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1616206179
ISBN-13: 978-1616206178

(from Amazon) 

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?

I've enjoyed reading Gayle Forman's books and was excited when I heard about Leave Me being released.  I was even more excited when I won an ARC copy through Library Thing!

Leave Me packs a pretty big emotional punch while whisking you away on a story that is heart-breakingly honest, shocking and yet exhilarating at the same time. 

The story unfolds through it's believable characters, intriguing plot, witty prose and a writing style that kept me intrigued through the whole story.  At times I felt the story was a bit unrealistic but overall, I found it to be an excellent book.

5 Stars!

Thank you to Library Thing for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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