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.
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"Douglas Kennedy . . . is famous for two things: writing insightfully about women's lives, and crafting narratives so utterly gripping as to redefine the concept of unputdownable. In Leaving the World, his ninth novel, these strengths combine to make an unforgettable reading experience . . . Don't get on a long-haul flight without it, I say" ( The Times)
"Kennedy has pulled off another classy page-turner that engages, entertains and consoles . . . he once more delivers the message that whatever hole you dig for yourself, you're probably not alone" ( The Independent)
"Almost invariably - and courageously - Douglas Kennedy chooses women for his central characters. They tend to be both stylish and troubled and, in Jane Howard's case... tried and tested by more than their fair share of tragedy ... the narrative zips along and has moments of great poignancy" (Elizabeth Buchan Daily Mail)
An emotionally intense and totally compelling read
" ( Woman & Home)
`In a novel remarkably devoid of mawkishness, Kennedy has pulled off another classy page-turner that engages, entertains and consoles... he once more delivers the message that whatever hole you dig for yourself, you're probably not alone.'
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Book Description Hutchinson, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0091795796
Book Description Hutchinson, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091795796
Book Description Random House Uk, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0091795796