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.
Jodi Picoult has the remarkable ability to portray an event's key moments and feelings in a potent narration that tugs at the heartstrings. Leaving Home's three emotionally charged stories deal with a gamut of pain, regret, unconditional love, memory, motherhood, and friendship that the author renders almost palpably.
Personally I didn't really connect with this collection of stories. I enjoyed the letter most. Weight and measures I didn't really understand at all ! I felt like I had missed something early on when they were growing/shrinking?? I thought the ritz didn't meet its potential as an insightful peace to a mothers life. Too obvious to really enjoy