Leonard is an eerily wise five-year-old boy with asthma, terrible eyesight, and the ability to captivate everyone he meets.
Pearl is Leonard's devoted teenage mother, desperately trying to hide a violent secret from her past.
Mitch is Leonard's 25-year-old next-door neighbour, busy running his own company and entertaining the Mayor's wife.
Then one day Pearl drops Leonard off with Mitch, and never returns.
How do you go on loving someone who isn't there? As truth and fiction, memory and dreams collide, Mitch finds himself learning from a surprising source the true, magical definition of love.
©Catherine Ryan Hyde; (P)Random House
"Haunting." (Washington Post)
"A work of art...enchanting." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Hyde excels in her story of a love that transcends time, place, and human weakness." (Publishers Weekly)
I find it hard to find books that really engage me. So much of the time I feel like I am churning through average, forgettable stories. But here I stumble across this author who writes books that engage me and keep me wanting more. I have read or listened to most of her books and am yet to be disappointed. Each story is different. There's no formula that she repeats which makes each story unique. Her characters are so real. It is not deep, introspective, navel pondering literature. It is real life depicting characters you almost feel like you know.
The audible versions are also so well narrated.
"A little gem"
I don't normally like abridged books I was sufficiently intrigued to give it a go. I am so glad I did. I thought it was an incredibly unusual story. On one hand it could be seen as a sentimental exploration of the enduring nature of a mother's love. The story is however very gritty in places and I thought that Max's love story was heart wrenching.
I still think about this book several months after finishing it. This may be an abridged version but it was still a completely satisfying listen.
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