It's every woman's fantasy: to pack a bag and leave everything behind.
Meet Maribeth Klein, a harried working mother who is so busy taking care of her husband and twins that she doesn’t even realise that she has had a heart attack.
But her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her. So Maribeth does the unthinkable – she packs a bag and leaves. Maribeth has always wondered who she is and where she comes from: and now's the time to find out. Now, far from the demands of family and career, she is finally able to own up to the secrets she has been keeping from herself and those she loves.
From the bestselling author of If I Stay and I Was Here comes a stunning new novel for Forman’s adult readers, an unflinching portrait of a woman confronting the joys and sorrows of marriage, motherhood and friendship.
*~*~*Readers love Leave Me*~*~*
'[Leave Me] reminds you that we are all fragile human beings, imperfect and all a work in progress and above all, it reminds us that life is complex and frightening but not impossible' The Bookbag
‘Read it, as they say, and weep’ Daily Mail
'When I reached the end of this book, I was in tears because of how honest and raw it was. This book will really make you think very deeply about your deepest desires' Twenty-Three Pages
'An appealing fairy tale for the exhausted and underappreciated' Kirkus
'Deftly explores the domestic struggles of 21st-century bourgeois life. This is an insightful ode to—and cautionary tale for—the overburdened working mother' Book Page
'With humor and pathos, Forman depicts Maribeth’s complicated situation and her thoroughly satisfying arc, leaving readers feeling as though they’ve really accompanied Maribeth on her journey' Publishers Weekly
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A close observer of human nature, former journalist Gayle Forman—the author of the wildly popular If I Stay—graduates from young adult fiction to this grownup tale of crisis and redemption. Protagonist Maribeth Klein has kids, a family and a seemingly unending to-do list, but when a heart attack floors her, she leaves her old life in search of meaning. On her quest, Maribeth meets delightful characters and confronts hard truths with great humour and compassion. They say all journeys are journeys home, and this proves especially true for Forman’s heroine in the book’s emotionally satisfying finale.
YA author Forman's successful foray into adult fiction features a New York City magazine editor, Maribeth Klein, an ber-organized mom who is juggling her stressful job, a self-involved husband, and a set of preschool twins that are a handful. She's so busy helping everyone else she ignores her heart attack symptoms, ending up with emergency bypass surgery. Following this massive disruption in her life, Maribeth decides the only way to recover from the emotional and physical trauma of what she's been through is to suddenly leave her family, fleeing to Pittsburgh, not only to escape but also, spurred by her health problems, to find out more about her own background as an adoptee. The author nimbly explores what drove Maribeth from her family as well as what compels her to look for her birth mother at the age of 44. She goes off the grid using cash from her savings, a burner phone, old-fashioned yellow pages, and the local library to get her bearings and put a semblance of a life together. With humor and pathos, Forman depicts Maribeth's complicated situation and her thoroughly satisfying arc, leaving readers feeling as though they've really accompanied Maribeth on her journey.