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The Man Who Left
     

The Man Who Left

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by Theresa Weir
 

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THE MAN WHO LEFT is about the importance of fathers. It's about the men who leave, and the men who stay.

It's a familiar story. Father leaves his wife and children and never looks back. Theresa Weir was five when her father left his family for a better life with a wealthy socialite. Many years passed with only occasional and grudging contact by Theresa's father.

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THE MAN WHO LEFT is about the importance of fathers. It's about the men who leave, and the men who stay.

It's a familiar story. Father leaves his wife and children and never looks back. Theresa Weir was five when her father left his family for a better life with a wealthy socialite. Many years passed with only occasional and grudging contact by Theresa's father. When Theresa married into a successful farm family, her father resurfaced, but she couldn't help but be suspicious of his awkward visits.

Years later, when the aging socialite dies and Theresa's father is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, people expect Theresa to move to Florida to care for him. A daughter's duty.

This is Theresa's personal story of a strained and painful father/daughter relationship.

What does a daughter owe the father who abandoned her?

From the editor:

THE MAN WHO LEFT could be considered a companion to the stunning memoir THE ORCHARD. But where THE ORCHARD is a dark fairy tale, THE MAN WHO LEFT is pure Middle American gothic, told in Theresa Weir's unadorned yet richly powerful and emotionally resonant style. A story about the burdens of remembering and the costs of forgetting, THE MAN WHO LEFT poignantly chronicles the emotional consequences of betrayal and abandonment by those who are supposed to love us the most.

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From the book:
I doubt I'll ever forgive him. It's not in me to forgive him, but my own sense of humanity won't let me ignore him and his plight. This would be easier if he were a stranger. Or, if I loved him. If he were a stranger, I could help him without having to listen to stories that pierce my heart, stories of a fabulous life that didn't include his children. If I loved him, I would swoop him up and carry him off to live with me.
Through the wall, I hear him shift in his bed, and I hear the jingle of a dog collar, and I imagine the two Dalmatians curled beside him in the king-sized bed. The walls are pale blue, covered in framed Irene Spencer prints; soft images of mothers cuddling babies. Long white dressers with gold trim are strewn with Eve's ornate perfume bottles and tiered glass shelves of jewelry. A floral spread covers my father in oblivion, his shape undefined and fragile. He doesn't know it, but he is the man who broke us.

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PRAISE FOR THE ORCHARD
An Oprah Magazine Fall Pick
Featured Review in Entertainment Weekly
Number Two on October Indie Next List
BJ's Book Club Spotlight
LIbrarians' Best Books of 2011Maclean's Top Books of 2011
On Point (NPR) Best Books of 2011
Abrams Best of 2011
Publishers Lunch (Publishers Weekly) Favorite Books of 2011Best Nonfiction of 2011
One Book, One Community Read
Target Book Club Pick, September 2012

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780985362911
Publisher:
Belfry Press
Publication date:
04/15/2012
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

Meet the Author

Theresa Weir is an award-winning, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of twenty-five books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, and memoir. Her titles have been printed in both hardcover and paperback and translated into twenty languages. Her memoir, The Orchard, was a 2011 Oprah Magazine Fall Pick, Number Two on the Indie Next list, a featured B+ review in Entertainment Weekly, and a Librarians' Best Books of 2011. Going back to 1988, Weir's debut title was the cult phenomenon AMAZON LILY, initially published by Pocket Books and later reissued by Bantam Books. Writing as Theresa Weir she won a RITA for romantic suspense (COOL SHADE), and a year later the Daphne du Maurier for paranormal romance (BAD KARMA). In her more recent Anne Frasier career, her thriller and suspense titles hit the USA Today list (HUSH, SLEEP TIGHT, PLAY DEAD) and were featured in Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club. HUSH was both a RITA and Daphne du Maurier finalist.
www.theresaweir.com

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The Man Who Left 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down and finished  in one night.  Well written, flowed seamlessly. I liked this authors style of writting, not a lot of fluff yet very descriptive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This gave me something to think about the choices we make and how they affect our children. I enjoyed the author's journey, and am glad to have accompanied her.
TMWilliams More than 1 year ago
Theresa Weir shares her life of instability and disconnected relationships in this tale of her life as the daughter of a man who chooses to leave his wife and 3 children for an older, wealthy socialite. As he does so, he tells them, "you'll never see me again." The family moved quite a bit, eventually settling down after Theresa's mother marries again. Yet, life for Theresa never gets better. The turns and valleys of her life are chronicled, and the reunion between Theresa and her father is a poignant conclusion, giving life to the experience of dementia and its impact on the diagnosed as well as those who love them. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick read with a wonderful message of family, parenting, and the choices we make.
BLUEFISH99 More than 1 year ago
LOVED THE BOOK, ITS A POIGNANT AND HEART WRENCHING STORY ABOUT LOVE LOST AND REGAINED BETWEEN FATHER AND DAUGHTER, HOW A FRACTURED FAMILY SUFFERED EMOTIONAL BETRAYAL AND ABANDONMENT BY THE FATHER WHO LEFT BECAUSE HIS WIFE PROMISED HIM ANYTHING, NOT IN WORDS OR ACTIONS, THAT THEY WOULD BE RICH  AND HAVE A EXCITING LIFE BUT NEVER DELIVERED AND USED THE PREGNANCIES TO MAKE HIM STAY, THEN LATER ON IN LIFE HE GETS IN TOUCH WITH HIS DAUGHTER AGAIN.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by this book thinking maybe I could relate. With the story having an illness in it made it a little heart wrenching and deep. Otherwise it was good!
pt22 More than 1 year ago
I like to read true stories and Theresa did a great job telling her childhood. So much so that I purchased her next book, The Orchard. We never know what someone had to go through growing up or how it makes us a better adult or not. She has come out of it with flying colors.
Notek More than 1 year ago
The sad childhood for a little girl and an abusive life as she got older. What she does with her dilemnas is interesting and makes you think what u would do under similar circumstances.
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Enjoyed
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