Leaving the World

Hardback edition released 05/03/2009

by Douglas Kennedy

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LoveReading Expert Review of Leaving the World

 

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 12 March 2009.

 

Douglas Kennedy's  superb new novel deals with themes of fate and how the choices we make play out in our lives.  It charts the story of Jane Howard and shows how life's randomness can tear lives apart and also contain the possibility of redemption. Kennedy is a very perceptive and gifted writer and his novel is highly recommended.

 

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Leaving the World Synopsis

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.

Douglas Kennedy’s exceptional new novel is a portrait of the way we live now, of the many routes we follow in the course of a single life, and of the arbitrary nature of destiny. Like his previous highly acclaimed novels it is also a compulsive read – and one which speaks volumes about the dilemmas we face in trying to navigate our way through all that fate throws in our path.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780091795788
Publication date: 5th March 2009
Author: Douglas Kennedy
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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About Douglas Kennedy

Douglas Kennedy's previous novels include the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Big Picture, The Pursuit of Happiness, A Special Relationship and The Moment. He is also the author of three highly-praised travel books. The Big Picture was filmed with Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve; The Woman in the Fifth with Ethan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas.His work has been translated into twenty-two languages. In 2007 he was awarded the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2009 the inaugural Grand Prix de Figaro. Born in Manhattan in 1955, he has two children and currently divides his time ...

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