Five Days Left Hardcover – Sep 9 2014
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“A beautifully drawn study of what is at risk when you lose control of your own life. Unique, gripping, and viscerally moving—this impressive debut novel heralds the arrival of an extremely talented writer.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times–bestselling author of Leaving Time
“Timmer’s novel is a heartbreaker, but it is also a stirring debut.” —BookPage
"Timmer's emotional debut should come with a box of tissues....The characters are so affecting it's tough to make it to Day 5. An Authentic and powerful story." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Told in the alternating voices of Mara and Scott, Timmer’s debut novel packs a powerful punch. Absorbing, deeply affecting, and ultimately uplifting, it heralds the arrival of an author to watch.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“This starkly intimate epistolary novel …dissects the experiences of losing hope and finding strength….Timmer makes a powerful debut.” —Publishers Weekly
“Like Joshilyn Jackson, Timmer, in her impressive debut novel, shows a facility for creating authentic characters dealing with heart-wrenching dilemmas….A compelling read and a good choice for book clubs.” —Booklist
About the Author
Julie Lawson Timmer grew up in Canada and earned a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University and a law degree from Southern Methodist University. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and children and is a lawyer. This is her first novel; she is currently at work on her second.See all Product Description
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This book contains two very different stories with barely a connection, but it works. I liked Scott's story more than Mara's for different reasons. I won't go into the details because I don't want to spoil it for other readers. Scott is about to lose his foster son, who is being reunited with his mother. Mara has Huntington's Disease and has decided to commit suicide before the disease ravages her beyond all recognition. They have five days left.
I loved the characters in this book and felt a connection with them right away. Not a small feat for an author. The emotions evoked by this book are very real and I shed more than a few tears while reading it. To me it had all of the things I look for in a good story. I would recommend it to anyone.
This book did that to me.
Five Days Left was a glimpse into the private lives of two families as they struggle to come to terms with the fact that there are things in their lives that they cannot control. While both story lines were weaved together well, it was Mara's story that was at the forefront. Not that Scott's decisions were less important, just different. I'm glad that his story intersected with Mara's because if the entire story was about her I think it would have been too much for me to bear.
Going into the book I thought I had it figured out. I knew that it would be an emotional read just from glancing at the book jacket but I didn't predict that it would make me think so much about the two issues that were raised involving suicide and foster parenting. My hats off to Ms Lawson Timmer for her ability to make me see both sides of these highly sensitive issues. At the end of the book I was left not knowing how I would have handled myself in a similar situations. This book made me think and feel. And I loved it.
In Mara's case, where she's suffering from a debilitating and devastating disease, it had me thinking about what my initial reaction would be if I saw someone stumbling (or worse) at the food store. Would I automatically assume it was due to an incurable disease? Or would I assume that the person was drunk? How would I have handled the situation if I was in Mara's unfortunate shoes?
The characters truly brought this book to a whole different level for me. They were believable and their relationships to each other were perfectly written.Read more ›
I felt the story of Mara was much larger and more developed than the storyline of Scott, which I found a little disappointing. I also was expecting there to be more of a connection to the 2 storylines than there were.
This book didn't blow my mind, and I wouldn't read it again, but it was interesting. And provided some interesting conversations for our book club and makes you think about what you would do in different situations.
It takes less than the first chapter to get into it
The book was well written
The characters were well developed
I very much enjoyed it
Most recent customer reviews
Terrific book but definitely a tad depressing. I found it hard to put down, it is certainly full of insight into the severity of the disease Huntingtons.Published 11 months ago by Jennifer Stanley
Not my favourite. The characters and situations were just too set-up and fake as a way to deal with the various ways that one might experience loss and grief in life.Published 12 months ago by susayoun
A very clever plot, as the main character struggles with decisions that will effect her family foreverPublished 12 months ago by Mary Haskett