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A mother makes a desperate choice for herself and her children when their lives are upended by a secret, in a “haunting” novel that “will stick with you” (Caroline Leavitt).
Therese Wolley works as a secretary, shops for groceries on Saturdays, and takes care of her two daughters, Matilda and Franny—the common routines of a single mother. She doesn’t dwell on the fact that her girls are fatherless. Therese’s own father abandoned her before she was born, and she did just fine without him. And in turn, she has promised her daughters that everything will be fine for them, too—even as one wakes from nightmares, and the other is prone to whispers under her breath.
Everything will be fine, Therese repeats, and Matilda and Franny believe.
Then one morning an obituary in the newspaper changes everything. Therese knows what she has to do. She can’t delay the heartbreaking decision that she has planned for—and feared. Therese packs their belongings into garbage bags, and leaves Franny in a friend’s care. With no possible words to explain, she goes on the run with only one daughter, embarking on a journey of secrets, desperation, and betrayal toward an end both inevitable and unexpected.
Told from three unique perspectives, Left is “a haunting, sometimes harrowing portrait of the ways that love can go wrong—and how we can right it…Trust me, you’ve never read anything like this—like a shadow, it will stick with you” (Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You).