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What She Left Behind | [Ellen Marie Wiseman]

What She Left Behind

Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now 17, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloguing items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.
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Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now 17, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloguing items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.

Clara Cartwright, 18 years old in 1929, is caught between her overbearing parents and her love for an Italian immigrant. Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage, Clara's father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids. But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash, he can no longer afford her care and Clara is committed to the public asylum. Even as Izzy deals with the challenges of yet another new beginning, Clara's story keeps drawing her into the past. If Clara was never really mentally ill, could something else explain her own mother's violent act? Piecing together Clara's fate compels Izzy to re-examine her own choices - with shocking and unexpected results.

©2014 Ellen Marie Wiseman (P)2014 Tantor

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    Sharon Fairmont, WV, United States 07-18-14
    Sharon Fairmont, WV, United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about What She Left Behind?

    All the twists. Just when I think I knew what direction the story was going I was proven wrong


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite


    Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. It was wonderful


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes. Very hard to put down


    Any additional comments?

    I did not think I would like this book as much as I did. I was not disappointed at all. In fact I was pleasantly surprised

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DC REEDVILLE, VA, United States 07-31-14
    DC REEDVILLE, VA, United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2010
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    "STICK WITH IT, YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!"
    What made the experience of listening to What She Left Behind the most enjoyable?

    Women who preserve.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    After a little bit of a slow start, I could not stop listening!!!!


    Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Really enjoyed the female characters but the male characters a little less; hence, the 4 starts. Overall very good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Thank GOD it is 2014 and mental institutions are somewhat better managed and mental conditions are better treated.


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    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 07-31-14
    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2010
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    The story moved along at a pace which is about my cup of tea. I thought more of the mysteries were going to tie together than they did, but...if I want that I guess I should write a book. It was easy to follow and distracting enough for the commute to work and back. The reader was very unusual. Ms Gilbert has perfect diction, I mean, when she read the line, "I liked to go there," you could clearly hear both the 'd' in 'liked' and the 't' in 'to' separately. She doesn't seemed strained at the level of perfection. But one character was read as continuously anxious. Every line of the character was worried and fearful and nervous. I supposed there was a slight difference between scared and terrified, but it got very old for me - like listening to a whiny child - because it was a main character. I suppose that if Sandra Bullock hyperventilating for 2 straight hours in the movie Gravity didn't bother you, then this won't either. It just diminished my enjoyment of the book a bit.

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