Leaving Home is a collection of three previously published short pieces by Jodi Picoult with the theme of leaving home, in audiobook form read by the author. The first piece, An Open Letter To My Son, is written to her eldest son Kyle on his leaving home for college. In it she recalls his arrival into the world and talks of lessons of the heart: things that can only be learned through living life, and her hopes for his life.
The second piece, Weights and Measures, describes the heartache of the parents who lose their 7-year-old daughter to illness; how the mother and the father say goodbye; the kindness of a stranger at the funeral; how the loss diminishes one whilst enlarging the other; how they lose the measure of their lives without her.
The last piece, Ritz, is narrated by 15-year-old Jenna Hamilton, whose mother, Charlotte, leaves home to go to San Francisco for a break. As Jenna, her father, Ian, and her brother, Devon, puzzle over the reasons, they realise they have not appreciated her role in their lives and they discover that their mother and wife is a person in her own right. They also come to understand the importance of their family unit.
These short pieces are beautifully constructed and read by Picoult, with emotion and feeling.