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Leave Before You Go (Us) [Hardcover]

Emily Perkins
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May 2000
A funny, sharp depiction of post-modern twenty-something life.
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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco Press (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060196610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060196615
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Leave Before You Go is about Daniel, who escapes the grind of his London life to find himself alone, penniless and paranoid on the other side of the world. And it is about Kate, who lives in Auckland, where she works as an usherette. It is a merciless and witty examination of a generation cut adrift: what do people do when they don't know what they want to do? 'Perkins captures brilliantly the often brutal vicissitudes of modern love - the agonies of flirting, flings, betrayal, sex . . . a gifted writer, with an idiosyncratic, clear-eyed take on life' Harpers & Queen 'Remarkable how accomplished some first novels can be. Perkins' debut demonstrates the same light touch that made her short-story collection a winner. Her characters fall in and out of love and work; occasionally, they wonder what life is all about. They are entirely credible' Independent --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful young author 15 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Having read her short story collection, I looked forward to her novel and was not dissapointed. Ms. Perkins does an excellent job of portaying the "struggle" of being "20-something" in today's world. She has a bright future as a novelist and I look forward to her next novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent window into purposeless lives. 17 May 1999
By Dinoj Surendran - Published on Amazon.com
Increasingly many young (and not so young) people live aimless lives. Perkins paints a realistic picture of half-a-dozen of them.
No, she doesn't paint it. She photographs it.
Here, Daniel is a Brit who takes a one-way trip to New Zealand as a one-time drug runner, and ends up destitute there. The Kiwi scene centers around Kate, a very-small-time cinema usherette who's single and looking. Unlike fairy tales, they don't pair up promptly. Instead they drift...
If you like to see your world in black and white, skip this. If you see it in shades of grey and want to get a glimpse of life at the unmotivated end of the human spectrum, it's very useful.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A genuine connection? 27 July 2003
By "joli125" - Published on Amazon.com
For the most part, I strongly agree with the previous review. I originally discovered Perkins when I came across "Not Her Real Name", a collection of brilliantly written short stories about a somewhat lost generation. I was thoroughly impressed and couldn't wait to read the follw-up. However, after reading "Leave Before You Go", I must say, I AM a little disappointed. While I found myself able to connect with the unwittingly emotionally bankrupt characters that she portrays, and yes, both cheering and jeering at their decision-making skills -- I felt like I was being dragged in circles. In the end, I also felt disconnected and unsatisfied -- like there was not resolution or character DEVELOPMENT at all. However, I haven't lost my faith in Perkins yet. Her uniquely tangible descriptions always leave me wanting more.
4.0 out of 5 stars People going through life, not really living it. 7 Jan 2003
By "natalie74" - Published on Amazon.com
I really enjoyed this book for what it was--a passage of time. I'll spare you the synopsis since 2 other reviewers have given you that already.
What I liked about this book was at times you can actually hear yourself groaning along with the characters bad decisions, and wanting to give them the high five when they make the good/best/or right decision. The ending left me feeling a bit disconnected, but I think that was the point.
It's a light easy read. No great mysteries of life solved here, you'll be disappointed if you're looking for that in this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not much 4 July 2000
By Frank-Tommy Olsen - Published on Amazon.com
Emily Perkins is supposedly one of the new and talented voices of todays New Zealand literature. By chance I read some of her articles in a magazine. It struck me that she seemed to be writing for young women, but still definitely had a talent. Just as much by chance I came into possession of her first novel, "Leave Before You Go", but here my curiosity turned into direct disappointment. The novel starts off with Daniel, a young Englishman, bored with his uneventful life in England, and so he decides to take the risk as a one-time drug courier. He ends up in New Zealand where he meets Kate and her friends who are equally dissatisfied with their lives. Again I get the impression that Emily Perkins is turning to other young women her age, who are in turn bored with their lives and maybe haven't anything better to do than reading this unfascinating and uneventful story. Nothing much happens, and the descriptions both of Auckland and a trip further south in the country are straight out dull. There are occasional moments better than others but all together the entertainment value hardly exists, neither in the storyline, the character portrayals or in the language itself. If I was an 18-year old girl, not having read any other books by my own free will, I might have given it three stars. I'm giving it two stars because of the moments where she does display her talent, but if Emily Perkins can't come up with anything better than this in more than 200 pages, she should probably concentrate her talent on the short stories and essays in women's magazines. Honestly!
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