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Leaving Home: Short Pieces (Kindle Single) by [Picoult, Jodi]
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  • 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
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Being at a bit of loose end reading wise while I waited for the release of Jodi's new book I was thrilled to stumble upon this collection of short stories for under £3 for my kindle.
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.
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I listened to a couple of radio interviews for Jodi and her latest book (Lone Wolf) and I was intrigued by her research with how much she could tell about Wolves in a short interview. I had not read anything of hers, so how to get a quick introduction I thought and I went back to the Kindle Short Pieces. This quickly gave me the introduction and even then I decided to start with some of her earlier books Sing You Home. So I strongly recommend these short stories and personally I am really enjoying her writing.
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By Bex TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2013
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Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite authors, and I'm quite picky so if you haven't read anything by her before this is the perfect opportunity for you to dip your toes in the water and see if you like her. For those of you who are pretty familiar with her though, I think you'll really like this collection of short stories.

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.
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By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 July 2012
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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.
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I am reading this one now. It is really good as it is a number of shortish stories on the leaving home theme. As all stories written by Jodi Picoult very interesting and thought provoking. An extremely good read.
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Jodi Picoult is a fantastic writer, I found myself getting lost in the stories and the meanings for them gives you food for thought. Even though they are short pieces they are just as lovely as the books she has written. I would recommend this to anyone. The stories are perfect to read when you are free for a few minutes or lunch break.
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A good writer, entertaining and writes about family life in a realistic way. I did not like the ending of the first story, as it was just too fantastical. After discussing a subject as serious as the death of a child, I felt this was in poor taste.
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