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Five Days Left Hardcover – Sep 9 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (Sept. 9 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039916734X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399167348
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #244,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for FIVE DAYS LEFT

“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
 
Five Days Left is a heart-wrenching drama about a world in which there are no easy answers. With an unflinching gaze, Julie Lawson Timmer explores what makes a family, what happens when bonds (familial and otherwise) are tested, and the relationships we forge that change our lives. This novel feels as true as life.” —Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Orphan Train
 
“Julie Lawson Timmer’s novel pulls no punches. It takes no prisoners. It is pure and honest. I sat down with this book after dinner, and, when I looked up, it was 2 a.m. and I had turned the last page. My only regret was that there weren’t a hundred more pages; Five Days Left is that compelling.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times–bestselling author, The Deep End of the Ocean
 
“An affecting, heart-wrenching tale of one woman’s descent into a progressive, fatal illness, and how she decides to take her fate into her own hands. Timmer handles delicate, controversial issues with deep insight into human nature, and ultimately renders a story that will stay with readers long after they reach the last page.” —Amy Hatvany, author of Heart Like Mine, Best Kept Secret, Outside the Lines, and The Language of Sisters
 
“A stunning debut about the impossible things we do for love. Heartbreaking yet uplifting, Five Days Left is a book I won't ever forget.” —Sarah Pekkanen, internationally bestselling author of Catching Air, The Opposite of Me, Skipping a Beat, These Girls, and The Best of Us
 
“In her beautiful, brave debut, Julie Lawson Timmer examines the limits of love and resilience—as well as the heartbreaking decisions parents must sometimes make. With a fresh revelation on every page, this novel is a gift.” —Camille Noe Pagán, author of The Art of Forgetting
 
“A lesson in compassion and grace.  An emotional journey that left me weeping, humbled, and ultimately hopeful.” —Lori Nelson Spielman, author of The Life List
 

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.

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I really enjoyed reading this book. For the second time in as many months, I have read a book by a debut author and never would have known it. I love debut novels, I feel like I'm in on a discovery and I look forward to reading more by this author.

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.
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My Review: Have you ever finished a book and needed time to digest it afterwards? A book that has made you think? A book that has ravaged you emotionally so that you're in shock afterwards?

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.
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I read this book for my book club. Not a book I would have picked for myself but was a good read. The story took awhile to get me hooked, but then I needed to see how it ended.
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.
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This is the story of 2 different characters facing challenges
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
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Great read ! the author's depth of understanding is amazing .She has a wonderful ability to relate to real people and real situations without passing judgement ! can't wait to read her next one.
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