Released September 6, 2016
The lowdown from Goodreads
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.
Some books hit you at the exact time they could make the most impact & that’s exactly how I feel about Leave Me. My life is incredibly overwhelming, especially this past year. I know there are many people who feel the same way. In my most frustrating times, I’ve contemplated running away, so reading about a 42-year-old mother who realizes she’s not getting what she needs to get healthy & leaves her family really struck a nerve with me.
I finished this book on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It’s a quick read that I easily devoured & would feel comfortable lending to any other reader who has dealt with immense stress. So, that means everyone, right? I would imagine fans of A Window Opens could easily relate to Leave Me.
I became very interested in this novel after reading this article by the author, Gayle Forman. I thought I was alone in my fantasy of running away, but I was pleased & saddened to hear there were LOTS of other moms, just like me. This is a REAL problem in America. I’ve spent the majority of my time as mother trying to devise the perfect formula that makes me feel ‘just right’ & that feeling continues to elude me. Earlier this year, I read Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte. It’s the non-fiction version that tackles similar subject matter & poses questions that delve deeper into the societal infrastructure that supports & doesn’t support women. Unfortunately, there is not a simple solution to this complex & emotional issue.
I really connected to this story; therefore, I loved it. I will be talking about this book for a while & will likely read it again.