Left: A Novel by author Tamar Ossowski is “told from the perspectives of Franny, the younger sister who is left behind; Matilda, the older sister who vows to go back and save her; and Therese, a mother on the run” (but is she really?). It didn’t seem like the mother was running away from anything, rather that she was in control and doing what she wanted to do all along.
I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis, and couldn’t wait to read it. I do enjoy books told from multiple perspectives as I feel that telling a story from more than one point of view can really flesh out a narrative that might otherwise be pretty one-dimensional. I connected with both Matilda and Franny in their experiences. It, oddly, took me back to my own childhood. My father died suddenly when I was ten years old. While I still had my mother, it didn’t really feel like I had her, if that makes any sense. Like Matilda, I didn’t understand my mother’s decisions and how my mother acted sometimes (and still don’t even though I am an adult and have my own family now). Likewise, I didn’t really understand Therese’s motivations or her actions, either.
I very much enjoyed the imagery expressed throughout the novel. Tamar Ossowski wove the language she employed in a way that was very intriguing to me. I was very impressed with her writing technique and the ease with which I could imagine the characters and their surroundings in my mind.
I don’t want to give anything away, so I will leave it here. Overall, it was interesting enough to keep me reading, and I am very interested in reading more novels from Tamar Ossowski in the future.
Therese Wolley is a mother who has made a promise. She works as a secretary, shops for groceries on Saturdays, and takes care of her two girls. She doesn’t dwell on the fact that her girls are fatherless, mostly because her own father abandoned her before she was born and she has done just fine without him.
Even though her older daughter regularly wakes with nightmares and her younger one whispers letters under her breath, she doesn’t shift from her resolve that everything will be fine. She promises . . . and they believe.
Until the morning an obituary in the newspaper changes everything. Therese immediately knows what she has to do. She cannot delay what she has planned, and she cannot find the words to explain her heartbreaking decision to her daughters. She considers her responsibilities, her girls, and her promise. Then she does the only thing that any real mother would do. She goes on the run with one daughter . . . and abandons the other.
Left is told from the perspectives of Franny, the autistic sister who is left behind; Matilda, the troubled older sister who vows to go back and save her; and Therese, a mother on the run.
Do you have any favorite books you’d suggest reading this holiday season after all the hubbub of holiday parties and gift giving dies down? Let us know, I’m always open to recommendations for new books!
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