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Publisher's Summary

Therese Wolley is a mother who has made a promise. She works as a secretary, shops for groceries on Saturdays, and takes care of her two girls. She doesn’t dwell on the fact that her girls are fatherless, mostly because her own father abandoned her before she was born and she has done just fine without him.

Even though her older daughter regularly wakes with nightmares and her younger one whispers letters under her breath, she doesn't shift from her resolve that everything will be fine. She promises... and they believe.

Until the morning an obituary in the newspaper changes everything. Therese immediately knows what she has to do. She cannot delay what she has planned, and she cannot find the words to explain her heartbreaking decision to her daughters. She considers her responsibilities, her girls, and her promise. Then she does the only thing that any real mother would do. She goes on the run with one daughter... and abandons the other.

Left is told from the perspectives of Franny, the autistic sister who is left behind; Matilda, the troubled older sister who vows to go back and save her; and Therese, a mother on the run.

©2013 Tamar Ossowski (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What listeners say about Left

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Very odd story

This Is one of the weirdest books I've ever listened to or read. Not in a fascinating or intriguing way but in a manner that makes me wonder what the author was thinking when they wove the story together. It was extremely hard to follow and, even though I stuck it out until the end, I don't understand much of what happened in the book. The way the characters stories weave in and out of one another is difficult to track. Maybe it would have been better if I was reading it myself. The narration was good but I, unfortunately, cannot recommend as an audio book.

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Kept me guessing until the end!

The imagery was really vivid. I enjoyed also that there were three narrators. I glad I stumbled upon this book.

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Interesting, but somewhat sad

What made the experience of listening to Left the most enjoyable?

The diversity of the characters, but different readers, always a plus

What was one of the most memorable moments of Left?

Many

Which scene was your favorite?

Realizing the relationship between all the characters

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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Any additional comments?

Good read, somewhat sad, but good

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Beautiful Story

This was a beautiful story of love ans pain. I think the writer did a wonderful job of intertwining the stories and bringing in an unanticipated twist.

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Great story

I liked how it was written and how each person has their own story .. But you got to be not interrupted or you will miss something .. thank god for rewind .. but it kept my interest throughout

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can't seem to finish it

didn't hold my attention. started ok then I got lost in the dialog. twice.

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Could Not Get Through This Book

I could not get through this book, narrator was horrible. The monotone voice did not hold my interest at all.

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Terrible

Confusing.

This book made absolutely no sense and I had no idea what was going on

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Confused

This book had a great narrator and and a shaky plot. Which I can deal with. But the ending does not resolve any issues on the book. That I can not deal with

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Ending felt rushed and unfinished.

Good except for the ending. So many parts were left unanswered. Ending just seemed rushed.

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