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The Man Who Left [Kindle Edition]

Theresa Weir

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"Even better than THE ORCHARD!"
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2013 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
2013 BARNES & NOBLE BESTSELLER
2013 AMAZON.COM BESTSELLER
2013 iTUNES BESTSELLER
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THE MAN WHO LEFT is a memoir about the importance of fathers. It's about
the men who leave, and the men who stay.

It's a familiar story. Father leaves his wife and children and never
looks back. Theresa Weir was five when her father left his family for a better
life with a wealthy socialite. Many years passed with only occasional and
grudging contact by Theresa's father. When Theresa married into a successful
farm family, her father resurfaced, but she couldn't help but be suspicious of
his awkward visits.

Years later, when the aging socialite dies and Theresa's father is
diagnosed with Alzheimer's, people expect Theresa to move to Florida to care
for him. A daughter's duty.

This is Theresa's personal story of a strained and painful
father/daughter relationship.


What does a daughter owe the father who abandoned her?

From the editor:

THE MAN WHO LEFT could be considered a companion to the stunning memoir
THE ORCHARD.
But where THE ORCHARD is a dark fairy tale, THE MAN WHO LEFT is
pure Middle American gothic, told in Theresa Weir's unadorned yet richly
powerful and emotionally resonant style. A story about the burdens of
remembering and the costs of forgetting, THE MAN WHO LEFT poignantly chronicles
the emotional consequences of betrayal and abandonment by those who are
supposed to love us the most.


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From the book:

I doubt I'll ever forgive him.
It's not in me to forgive him, but my own sense of humanity won't let me
ignore him and his plight.  This
would be easier if he were a stranger. Or, if I loved him. If he were a
stranger, I could help him without having to listen to stories that pierce my
heart, stories of a fabulous life that didn't include his children. If I loved
him, I would swoop him up and carry him off to live with me.


Through the wall, I hear him shift in his bed, and I hear the jingle of
a dog collar, and I imagine the two Dalmatians curled beside him in the
king-sized bed. The walls are pale blue, covered in framed Irene Spencer
prints; soft images of mothers cuddling babies. Long white dressers with gold
trim are strewn with Eve's ornate perfume bottles and tiered glass shelves of
jewelry.  A floral spread covers my
father in oblivion, his shape undefined and fragile. He doesn't know it, but he
is the man who broke us.

~~~

PRAISE FOR THE ORCHARD

An Oprah Magazine Fall Pick

Featured Review in Entertainment Weekly

Number Two on October Indie Next List

BJ's Book Club Spotlight

LIbrarians'  Best Books of
2011Maclean's Top Books of 2011

On Point (NPR) Best Books of 2011

Abrams Best of 2011

Publishers Lunch (Publishers Weekly) Favorite Books of 2011Best
Nonfiction of 2011

One Book, One Community Read

Target Book Club Pick, September 2012
Books-A-Million February 2013 Book Club Pick


About the Author

Theresa Weir is an award-winning, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of twenty-five books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, and memoir. Her titles have been printed in both hardcover and paperback and translated into twenty languages. Her memoir, The Orchard, was a 2011 Oprah Magazine Fall Pick, Number Two on the Indie Next list, a featured B+ review in Entertainment Weekly, and a Librarians' Best Books of 2011. Going back to 1988, Weir's debut title was the cult phenomenon AMAZON LILY, initially published by Pocket Books and later reissued by Bantam Books. Writing as Theresa Weir she won a RITA for romantic suspense (COOL SHADE), and a year later the Daphne du Maurier for paranormal romance (BAD KARMA). In her more recent Anne Frasier career, her thriller and suspense titles hit the USA Today list (HUSH, SLEEP TIGHT, PLAY DEAD) and were featured in Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club. HUSH was both a RITA and Daphne du Maurier finalist. www.theresaweir.com

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 340 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475049404
  • Publisher: Belfry Press (Dec 3 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MNAROM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read by a Great Writer! March 23 2012
By Wonder?Woman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Man Who Left, the companion piece to Theresa Weir's memoir The Orchard, stands on its own as a brilliant and emotional read. There's no need to have already read The Orchard , though if you haven't you might want to treat yourself. In The Man Who Left, Weir delves once again into her harsh past with amazing insight and emotion. It seems odd to say that a book about child abuse, shattered families, and caring for a parent with Alzheimer's - the same parent who tore your world to shreds decades earlier - is inspiring, but the Man Who Left is not a tragic read. It is a perfect summation of the triumph of spirit and the power of good over evil. Theresa Weir has not only survived, but soars victoriously above the maddening crowd. I had hoped I would like this book as much as I loved The Orchard. I think I may love it even more. Reading it, I felt like I was living Theresa Weir's life along with her. And when she triumphed over evil, I felt like I had as well. That to me, the ability to share your heart and soul with the reader, is the mark of a great memoir.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not a work of fiction... March 23 2012
By J. A. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
.... but you may wish it were. It is an exceptional work that carries a strong emotional punch.

The story is heart-breaking and Theresa's insights and prose drive it relentlessly toward its conclusion.

"The Orchard" was a great read--one of my favorites-- but "The Man who Left" is fantastic! I'm certainly looking forward to more.

Archie
Savannah, Georgia
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!!!! March 22 2012
By Deborah G. Lamb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Everyone has a story but it's how you tell the story that sets you apart from everyone else. Theresa Weir has written an emotional story of growing up and the effects of her childhood that have stayed with her long after. She interweaves the present day story of her estranged Father and his battle with Alzheimer's disease and brings the two stories together beautifully. I read it in one day because I couldn't put it down. It is disturbing and graphic at times with raw honesty, but her storytelling is absolutely beautiful. A well written, engaging book that I would highly recommend!!

The companion book to "The Man Who Left" is "The Orchard" which is also a fantastic read. Two of her best books!!! I'm hoping she has a third in the works!!!

DL
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, Real, and Liberating May 9 2012
By LKRigel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Theresa Weir can write.

Coleridge said, "I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is prose; words in their best order;-poetry; the best words in the best order."

Quaint punctuation aside, this sentiment applies to Weir's work. It may be prose, but she chooses the best words and puts them in the best order. I forget I'm reading when I read her books. I get lost in the story, and that's true of her memoirs as well as her fiction.

The Man Who Left is a memoir about Alzheimer's, but don't look here for pity or schmaltzy sentiment for Weir's father, the man with the disease. Weir explores the excruciating tension between obligation to an ill parent and justifiable rage and resentment over his abandonment of his children when the obligation was on his side.

As with her companion book, The Orchard: A Memoir, Weir's memoir of her marriage, The Man Who Left reads like a novel. In both, her stark truth-telling is raw, real, and liberating.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read Nov. 19 2012
By justreadin' - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This author is a great writer. Sometimes with memoirs you get a great story, but the writing is subpar. Not with this book! She discusses several important topics (heavy hitters), but it is not depressing or overdone. I'd love to read her other books.

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