Therese Wolley is a mother who has made a promise. She works as a secretary, shops for groceries on Saturdays, and takes care of her two girls. She doesn’t dwell on the fact that her girls are fatherless, mostly because her own father abandoned her before she was born and she has done just fine without him.
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.
A mother must make the tremendously difficult decision to run away with one daughter while leaving her autistic daughter behind. Tamar Ossowski crafts a haunting story, told from the sisters' alternating perspectives, about love, loss, and family. The performances particularly stand out. The three audio artists prove to be talented actors, capturing each character's unique voice. This task is not an easy one, as the point of view shifts around, from desperate, to loving, to childish, to wise. Together, these performers make Left: A Novel jump off the page. Listeners will be carried away by the emotional whirlwind of these characters' lives.
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Interesting, but somewhat sad
The diversity of the characters, but different readers, always a plus
Realizing the relationship between all the characters
Good read, somewhat sad, but good
- Melody A Silvey