- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 125 KB
- Publisher: Laura Gross Literary Agency (12 Jan. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004J173VU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Leaving Home: Short Pieces (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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The first story is about a couple struggling to come to terms with the tragic loss of their daughter. I found it moving but a little rushed and the ending was a bit too abrupt and unsatisfying for my liking.
The second one was a letter that Jodi wrote to her eldest son when he went away to college which I enjoyed reading.
The third one was the best. It's a short story about a wife and mother who feeling unappericated decides to take a break from her family. I really enjoyed reading this.
Overall a very good read for a few pounds. Well worth reading.
It's important to note that some of these pieces are featured elsewhere, as pointed out in the Forward of the novella. The stories have a similiar trend in common - they all feature aspects of Leaving Home. Initially I thought this would be three stories about children leaving home, but actually it was much better and much more than I expected.
The first short story is "Weights and Measures" and is about the loss of a child. Through the eyes of parents Abe and Sarah, we are able to see how parents cope with the death of a child - if in fact they cope at all. I found this story complex which I really didn't expect due the length of it. I particularly liked how Picoult portrayed Abe as feeling small and childlike, as though the loss of his child had lost him all of the years of his life that he spent as a father. I also liked that Sarah and Abe really do have completely different ways of managing their grief and this was interesting to see unfold.
The second piece is "An Open Letter to My Oldest Son, As He Leaves For College". This is a non-fiction which Picoult wrote for her son. It's beautiful. I loved it; I loved that for the first time we get to see who Picoult really is. We're always reading her voice through other characters so we never really know for sure what her take is on everything or what she would do in the place of many of her characters dilemmas so this was refreshing.Read more ›
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.