Synopses & Reviews
International bestselling author Gayle Forman’s trademark humor and insight abound in this masterful adult debut, showing us that sometimes you have to leave home in order to find it again.
For every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, for 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.
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 to 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 secrets she has been keeping from those she loves and from herself.
With big-hearted characters who stumble and trip, grow and forgive, Leave Me is about facing our fears. Gayle Forman, a dazzling observer of human nature, has written an irresistible novel that confronts the ambivalence of modern motherhood head-on.
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. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"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
"How do we reinvent ourselves when we can’t even recognize the body we are in? Can you know where you’re headed if you don’t know where you came from? These are the questions faced by the prickly Maribeth, the complex and fascinating character at the center of Leave Me. In her first novel for adults, Forman reminds the reader that the answer to both questions involves getting to the heart of the matter." Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time
About the Author
Gayle Forman is a journalist and award-winning author whose many young adult novels include I Was Here, Just One Day, and If I Stay, which was also a major motion picture. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.