Leaving the World

Leaving the World

Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
From the bestselling author of The Woman in the Fifth and The Pursuit of Happiness comes a devastating new novel.

Years after vowing to herself and her parents to never marry, have children and lead the resentful life they chose, Jane, now a Harvard professor, falls unexpectedly pregnant. Resolved as she’s been to childlessness, she begins to warm to the idea of motherhood, even with a partner who is increasingly absent. But a devastating turn of events takes the decision out of her hands in a way she could never have predicted.

Her familiar world torn apart, Jane feels forced to leave her old life behind. She resigns from her job, cuts all ties with friends and family and moves to a place where no one will find her. Isolated, she feels she has finally succeeded in leaving her world.

Yet when a young girl disappears, prompting a high-profile police investigation, Jane is drawn in. Convinced that the person at the heart of the case is much closer to her new community than anyone realises, she has to make a decision to either stay hidden or bring to light a shocking truth.

Gardners
On the night of her thirteenth birthday, Jane Howard made a vow to her warring parents - she would never get married and she would never have children. But life, as Jane comes to discover, is a profoundly random business. Many years and many lives later, she is a professor in Boston, in love with a brilliant, erratic man named Theo.

Blackwell North Amer
On the night of her thirteenth birthday, Jane Howard made a vow to her warring parents - she would never get married and she would never have children. But life, as Jane comes to discover, is a profoundly random business. Many years and many lives later, she is a professor in Boston, in love with a brilliant, erratic man named Theo. And then Jane falls pregnant. Motherhood turns out to be a great welcome surprise - but when a devastating turn of events tears her existence apart she has no choice but to flee all she knows and leave the world.
Just when she has renounced life itself, the disappearance of a young girl pulls her back from the edge and into an obsessive search for some sort of personal redemption. Convinced that she knows more about the case than the police do, she is forced to make a decision: stay hidden, or bring to light a shattering truth.

Publisher: New York: : Random House, c2009
ISBN: 9780099509677
9780091795788
0091795788
Characteristics: 584 p

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May 21, 2014

This book took a while to grab me but when it did, I couldn't put it down. Well worth reading! For anyone who thinks they have problems and that life isn't fair, meet Jane Howard.

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birdsofafeather
Sep 02, 2013

I had a really hard time getting into this book. I read til about page 100 and then returned it

ladydebv Mar 11, 2013

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time! Very realistic story of love and loss - what a person goes through, what they feel. anything but predictable, extrememely engrossing with plot turning and twisting to the very end of the book. Extremely rich, deep, thought provoking. I might compare it to Jodi Picoult or one of those authors who really makes you think about life. an amazing book and story!

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