Leaving Home brings together three previously published short pieces, each dealing with a variation on the theme of leaving home. The first, "Weights and Measures", deals with the tragic loss of a child; the second is a non-fiction letter Picoult wrote to her eldest son as he left for college; and “Ritz” tells the story of a mother who takes the vacation all mothers need sometime.
©2011 Jodi Picoult (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“It is impossible not to be held spellbound by the way she forces us to think, hard, about right and wrong.” (The Washington Post)
"Fans will find that Leaving Home offers another shining example of Picoult's skill as a storyteller. Those new to her work will find this a magnificent introduction." (Amazon.com review)
I have almost downloaded Picoult several times and I'm so glad I resisted. This is well written, well presented and I will never listen to another one unless I really need a good cry. Every sentence set you on the road to pitiful. Every story was the ultimate in an emotion wringer-washer. I was exhausted - BUT if you like that sort or thing, you couldn't ask for a better writer and the narrator was excellent. I couldn't give it a lower rating because it is technically good.
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The three stories (or the letter and two stories) in this collection were ok. I enjoy Picoult's writing but I really think she shines with longer works rather than shorter ones. As a narrator she was also ok, but again not great. I felt like a friend was reading me the stories, which is not horrible, but nothing remotely comparable to the complete immersion that listening to some of the other great narrators brings.
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