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Left: A Novel Kindle Edition
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.
Caroline Leavitt, author of the New York Times bestseller Pictures of You
"The vivid voices, deft plotting and, most of all, utterly original characters Tamar Ossowski has created in Left make it an unforgettable read. This is a book of unusual, even magical, compassion and heart."
Holly LeCraw, author of The Swimming Pool
Left is a delight. The story is told with elegance and warmth. Nothing is predictable, and yet in the end, it all makes perfect sense. But it is Ossowski's main characters, Franny and Matilda, that caught me with their fascinating, believable voices, and their endearing, very human flaws. Scrumptious, from beginning to end!"
Susan Senator, author of Dirt and Making Peace with Autism
A brave and breathtaking new voice tells of love, loss, and the ties that connect us. Unforgettable characters and a story that unfolds tantalizingly make Tamar Ossowski's debut novel hard to put down and impossible to forget.”
Toby Devens, author of Happy Any Day Now
A poignant, often breathtaking story of forgiveness, loss, secrets, and the power of friendship. In her debut novel, Ossowski weaves family secrets and internal struggles that will touch the hearts and memories of anyone who reads this tender yet relentlessly real story.”
Suzanne Palmieri, author of The Witch of Italy and I’ll Be Seeing You --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B06XQ5828C
- Publisher : Skyhorse; Reprint edition (1 October 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 1189 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 241 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 152,581 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The main characters were: single mother Therese, older daughter Matilda, younger autistic (although, this is not explicit) daughter Fanny and Therese's friend, Leah. The POVs were mainly Matilda and Fanny.
Basically, the plot unfolded as Therese inexplicably and hurriedly left their accommodation with both her daughters in tow. She arrived at Leah’s place, but she then took off with only Matilda - effectively abandoning Fanny and leaving her with Leah. She offered no explanation for her seemingly bizarre and cruel behaviour. Matilda promised to return for little Fanny.
Tamar's ability to convey meaning, create imagery and reveal information through the girl's different POVs was both touching and sincere and I felt she really nailed this element of the story (Fanny's behaviours, in particular were spot on.) The two women were well-developed and unlikable. Therese was also irresponsible and self absorbed.
I recommend this book to readers who want to be deeply absorbed in characters. It was also a good read for those who want to reflect and muse over behaviours, decisions and repercussions. I gave it 5 stars because I believe it achieved what it set out to do, and in a decisive manner. Well done Tamar.