Leave Me

A Novel

by Gayle Forman

On Sale: 09/06/2016

Leave Me

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Leave Me

A Novel

by Gayle Forman

On Sale: 09/06/2016


About the Book

Displaying her trademark sensitivity, insight and humour, #1 New York Times—bestselling writer Gayle Forman’s stunning debut adult novel shows us that sometimes you have to leave home in order to find it again.

For every woman who has ever fantasized about driving right past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, for every woman who has ever dreamt 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 that she’s had a heart attack.

Afterward, 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 so 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 finally able to own up to the secrets she has been keeping from herself and those she loves.

With big-hearted 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. #1 New York Times—, USA Today— and Wall Street Journal—bestselling author 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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Critical Praise

“Here’s to complicated women and the authors who write them! Whatever the age of her characters, Gayle Forman is a compassionate, gifted observer of women’s lives.” - Gabrielle Zevin, author of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

“Told with humor and heart, Leave Me reveals that sometimes you have to leave everything you treasure in order to find your way back home. A moving testament to the persistence of love and the healing power of forgiveness.” - Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow

“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. ” - Publishers Weekly

“Award-winning teen author Forman’s adult debut nails the frustrations of working motherhood. . . . An appealing fairy tale for the exhausted and underappreciated.” - Kirkus Reviews

“In Leave Me, Forman shows that it might be an act of bravery to crack something open in order to put it right again.” - The Globe and Mail


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443452458
  • ISBN 10: 1443452459
  • Imprint: HarperAvenue
  • On Sale: 09/06/2016
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:32.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Family Life
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / General

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