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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

“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)

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Get out the tissues (I'm not kidding)

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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Not Bad, Just Not Great

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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