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Early Leaving: A Novel

Early Leaving: A Novel By JudyGoldman Early Leaving A Novel A mother wakes one morning to find the police at her door to arrest her only child a star athlete and honor student for murder The Smallwoods are one of those families who project a rosy image exactl

  • Title: Early Leaving: A Novel
  • Author: JudyGoldman
  • ISBN: 9780060594596
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • Early Leaving: A Novel By JudyGoldman A mother wakes one morning to find the police at her door to arrest her only child a star athlete and honor student for murder.The Smallwoods are one of those families who project a rosy image, exactly what we all hoped and imagined our lives would be Peter Smallwood is a patent attorney with the oldest firm in town Kathryne is president of parents council at the privatA mother wakes one morning to find the police at her door to arrest her only child a star athlete and honor student for murder.The Smallwoods are one of those families who project a rosy image, exactly what we all hoped and imagined our lives would be Peter Smallwood is a patent attorney with the oldest firm in town Kathryne is president of parents council at the private high school their son, Early, attends She is an over involved mother Peter is under involved She s excessive when she should hold back he s stingy when fullness is needed Kathryne is so protective of their son, so overbearing, that the only way out for him is to disappoint her in a profound way The novel opens the night before his sentencing It covers the next thirteen months and flashes back to family memories Kathryne has told again and again through the years, trotting them out like scrubbed children as well as the memories she would just as soon forget.EARLY LEAVING is Kathryne s story She probes the pieces of the past to see if she should have seen the end coming Was there any point where she might have come between her son and what lay in wait for him Or was it just the randomness of fate and its consequences Was she the cause All she ever wanted was to keep him safe and happy Isn t that what every mother wants
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    1. Rebekkila on said:

      My first impression is that I didn t like the book Now that I have finished it, I realize that I don t like the mother of the boy central to the story A mother dedicates her life to her son, ruining him and her husband in the process If I had children I might understand the lengths that she goes to to protect him from every little ill in the world, but all I saw was a woman who would not recognize the faults of the child she was raising or letting him deal with them I think maybe women who have [...]

    2. deLille on said:

      Yikes, this book hits a little too close to home Having grown up and attended private school in Charlotte, NC the same location as the book s setting and the fact that the mother is pretty much living an identical life to mine, this book left me feeling very uncomfortable Leaving Early shows perfectly how even the best of mothering intentions to shelter one s child from pain and harm can backfire This would be a great book club book, sure to provoke a great deal of discussion and disagreement am [...]

    3. Tom Hooker on said:

      A mother wakes one morning to find the police at her door to arrest her only child a star athlete and honor student for murder The Smallwoods are one of those families who project a rosy image, exactly what we all hoped and imagined our lives would be Peter Smallwood is a patent attorney with the oldest firm in town Kathryne is president of parents council at the private high school their son, Early, attends She is an over involved mother Peter is under involved She s excessive when she should h [...]

    4. Diane on said:

      I really liked this book The writing was very good, and the story was thought provoking but sad As a mother of an only child, I could relate to Kathryn s tendency to focus too much of her attention on her son, Early, who was her only child Did she go overboard Yes, but she had good intentions Unfortunately her overly protective and rather naive mothering prevented her son from being his own person, which could have resulted in his rather unhealthy relationship with his friend, Chip, and which ul [...]

    5. Cara Achterberg on said:

      This book haunted me It could be any mother s story It made me consider that we can never really know our own children not completely We follow them down whatever path the lead us Beautifully written and perfectly capturing the emotions of a mother who loves her son and believes in him even as his actions take them both down the road to hell.

    6. Gwen on said:

      Really liked this book Enjoyed it on several levels mother s observations, movie references, engaging style, etc I m going to look for other Judy Goldman books

    7. Theresa on said:

      This book is loaded with regreat but, it s a good one All of the moms in my book club LOVED it We all found it to be thought provoking.

    8. Lorna on said:

      How well do we really know our children This thought provoking novel explores this question.

    9. Melva on said:

      Disturbing, especially with my background Set in Charlotte, NC May be true.Sad but good story son kills and in prison by age 18 mother asks, what did I do wrong

    10. Lara on said:

      good story of an overbearing mother whose son makes a wrong turn somewhere along the line

    11. Tania on said:

      The book was good but it wasent my type of book I think that most people will enjoy this book.

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