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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.

Summary

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.

©2013 Tamar Ossowski (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Crystal
  • 04-11-20

Very odd story

This Is one of the weirdest books I've ever listened to or read. Not in a fascinating or intriguing way but in a manner that makes me wonder what the author was thinking when they wove the story together. It was extremely hard to follow and, even though I stuck it out until the end, I don't understand much of what happened in the book. The way the characters stories weave in and out of one another is difficult to track. Maybe it would have been better if I was reading it myself. The narration was good but I, unfortunately, cannot recommend as an audio book.

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  • Melissa Donahoe
  • 11-07-17

Kept me guessing until the end!

The imagery was really vivid. I enjoyed also that there were three narrators. I glad I stumbled upon this book.

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  • Melody A Silvey
  • 31-12-15

Interesting, but somewhat sad

What made the experience of listening to Left the most enjoyable?

The diversity of the characters, but different readers, always a plus

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Which scene was your favorite?

Realizing the relationship between all the characters

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Good read, somewhat sad, but good

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  • marcey swinfoed
  • 11-05-21

can't seem to finish it

didn't hold my attention. started ok then I got lost in the dialog. twice.

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  • Brenda Barr
  • 14-06-21

Sisters power

The performance for Fran was awesome. The mothers were somewhat selfish. I really enjoyed the book.

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  • Veronica
  • 13-06-21

I really wanted it to go somewhere

One child very detailed about everything. The other child has routine. Except both separated one day. They just accepted no explanation. The book dragged on and on..and nothing more. After 4 hours…I gave up.

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  • RB
  • 01-06-21

A new kind of storyline

I enjoyed this book very much. It is definitely an interesting storyline, different from the average. I wasnt sure if
I would like it but it held my interest right up until the end., and I was surprised by the ending.. If you are on the fence about this one, I recommend giving it a try, especially if you're in the mood for a different kind of story.

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  • Julie D.
  • 27-05-21

Entertaining

I found I didn’t really like any of the adult characters. They all seemed self centered. They’d start out sounding concerned about others but ultimately just feel sorry for themselves. Most of the circumstances that happen could have been avoided if people would have just COMMUNICATED! For example, if Terese would have spoken to Matilda and ask what exactly happened, several misunderstandings wouldn’t have occurred. I guess then there would not have been a story. Ha Ha! Anyway, even though I was a little irritated by several characters, I still enjoyed listening to it. That’s why I gave it 4 Stars.

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  • Alison of a Gun
  • 13-04-21

A beautifully told by ultimately pointless mystery

I figured out what was going on within the first two chapters but kept listening to see if I was right. I think the writer is talented but the characters' motivations were all completely insane or at least opaque. Worth a listen, but not a relisten.

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  • MandySue Allen
  • 12-04-21

Don't waste your time!

This book was incredible!!!....at first. After a strong beginning with a well laid out story, it teeters off into fifty different directions, a bunch of plot holes, and story lines that are intricately started, but then never even brought up again. This could have been something amazing, but it became something confusing and improbable. The narration was on point, but if I would have paid for this book, I would have been angry.