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
'For all that the subject is emotional and dark, this ultimate forbidden maternal fantasy is written with a light, refreshingly satirical touch - a triumph' Daily Mail
Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and Elle in the US. She lives in Brooklyn with her family. Gayle Forman’s novel, If I Stay, was released as a blockbuster movie starring Chloe Grace Moretz, in 2014.