Left: A Novel

Left: A Novel

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by Tamar Ossowski
     
 

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“A haunting, sometimes harrowing portrait of the ways that love can go wrong—and how we can right it. . . . Trust me, you’ve never read anything like this—like a shadow, it will stick with you.” —Caroline Leavitt, author of the New York Times bestseller Pictures of You

Therese Wolley made a promise. She works

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“A haunting, sometimes harrowing portrait of the ways that love can go wrong—and how we can right it. . . . Trust me, you’ve never read anything like this—like a shadow, it will stick with you.” —Caroline Leavitt, author of the New York Times bestseller Pictures of You

Therese Wolley 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 decisions to her daughters. She considers her responsibilities, her girls, and a promise she made years ago. 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 younger 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.

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"Ossowski's narrative is more about the characters and their individual journeys: The author artfully portrays each in meticulous detail and employs superlative imgaery to paint every thought and action. Ossowski, a mother of three (including a child with special needs), touchingly examines the elements that bind families together." –Kirkus Reviews

"This compact first novel is sometimes frustratingly short on details, but readers can be assured that it all makes sense in the end."—Booklist

“A haunting, sometimes harrowing portrait of the ways that love can go wrong—and how we can right it. . . . Trust me, you’ve never read anything like this—like a shadow, it will stick with you.” —Caroline Leavitt, author of the New York Times bestseller Pictures of You

"The vivid voices, deft plotting and, most of all, utterly original characters Tamar Ossowski has created in Left make it an unforgettable read. This is a book of unusual, even magical, compassion and heart." — Holly LeCraw, author of The Swimming Pool

Left is a delight. The story is told with elegance and warmth. Nothing is predictable, and yet in the end, it all makes perfect sense. But it is Ossowski's main characters, Franny and Matilda, that caught me with their fascinating, believable voices, and their endearing, very human flaws. Scrumptious, from beginning to end!" — Susan Senator, author of Dirt and Making Peace with Autism

“A brave and breathtaking new voice tells of love, loss, and the ties that connect us. Unforgettable characters and a story that unfolds tantalizingly make Tamar Ossowski's debut novel hard to put down and impossible to forget.” — Toby Devens, author of Happy Any Day Now

“A poignant, often breathtaking story of forgiveness, loss, secrets, and the power of friendship. In her debut novel, Ossowski weaves family secrets and internal struggles that will touch the hearts and memories of anyone who reads this tender yet relentlessly real story.” — Suzanne Palmieri, author of The Witch of Italy and I’ll Be Seeing You

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781634502276
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
11/10/2015
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
244
Sales rank:
394,359
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Tamar Ossowski is married and has three children, one of whom was born with special needs and could spell before he learned to speak. She wrote the novel Left to explore the possibility that you can only become the person you are supposed to be once you truly embrace the person you already are. Ossowski resides in Needham, Massachusetts.

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Left 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best book I've read. I love the connection that Matilda and Frannie. They love each other so much.
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KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Two little girls have known the company of only each other and right into this book they must learn to live without the other as a safeguard.  Through the story you learn the real story about how they became sisters. Told through three different characters points of view - the mother, Therese; the older daughter, Matilda; and the young daughter Franny - they each contribute an unique view into the story of these women.  Therese's story is told straight from the past and gives the reader the background knowledge they need, while both Franny and Matilda are telling the current story of their separation and how each are coping without the other.  
HuskerTJ More than 1 year ago
I think what resonated with me so much about this book is the fact that the author is the mother of a special needs child. I've never read a book a book like this, with the point of view so beautifully spelled out from the child. She has a great perspective of what life would be like to be an autistic child. I loved the descriptions of the characters' thoughts and feelings. What a fantastic and unbreakable bond between Franny and Matilda! I received this book as a Goodreads First Read drawing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written and engaging book.