Leave Me by Gayle Forman


Book Blurb from Goodreads.com:

International bestselling author Gayle Forman’s trademark humor and insight abound in this masterful adult debut, showing us that sometimes you have to leave home in order to find it again.

For every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, for every woman who has ever dreamed of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention–meet Maribeth Klein. A harried working mother who’s so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn’t even realize she’s had a heart attack.

Afterward, surprised to discover that her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her, Maribeth does the unthinkable: She packs a bag and leaves. But, as is so often the case, once we get to where we’re going, we see our lives from a different perspective. Far from the demands of family and career and with the help of liberating new friendships, Maribeth is finally able to own up to secrets she has been keeping from those she loves and from herself.

With big-hearted characters who stumble and trip, grow and forgive, Leave Me is about facing our fears. Gayle Forman, a dazzling observer of human nature, has written an irresistible novel that confronts the ambivalence of modern motherhood head-on.

My Review:

Maribeth Klein, forty-four years old, works as an editor for a magazine in New York City. She and her husband Jason are parents of twins who are four years old. They have a busy stressful life juggling two careers, marriage, meals, etc. which mostly falls upon Maribeth.

Maribeth wakes up one morning not feeling well. Believing it to be indigestion from dinner from the night before, she continues with her daily routine. Luckily, she seeks medical care because she has had a heart attack that requires surgery.  Her recuperation at home after being released from hospital is a disaster.  Her needs are not being met as her family has not adjusted to her new limitations. Her family would like her to continue in her previous role as if she were never sick. Maribeth makes a drastic decision and decides to leave her family in hopes to heal physically and emotionally.

The book is well paced and a quick read. It has relatable feelings for any woman who is trying to manage it all while raising  young children. What woman hasn’t thought of escaping responsibility for the day?  This novel intertwines themes of marriage, friendship, and responsibilities as we grow older.

This is the author’s first novel into women’s fiction from young adult books.

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