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Early Leaving

A Novel

Author: Judy Goldman   Series: P. S.

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From the critically acclaimed author of "The Slow Way Back" comes this piercingly honest, stunning portrait of a mother whose overwhelming love has dark repercussions for her only child.

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From the critically acclaimed author of "The Slow Way Back" comes this piercingly honest, stunning portrait of a mother whose overwhelming love has dark repercussions for her only child.

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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 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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Critic Reviews

“It s Early Leavings themes, rather than simply its plot, that make it a page-turning read.”

"It's Early Leavings' themes, rather than simply its plot, that make it a page-turning read."--Lexington Herald-Leader "Early Leaving is a disturbing book about a teenager who is given every advantage but still goes horribly wrong."--Detroit Free Press "Early Leaving is a delicate portrait of self-deception."--Star News (Wilmington, N.C.) "As in her first novel, The Slow Way Back, Goldman displays a keen eye here for the character-defining detail."--Washington Post "Every mother should read Judy Goldman's new novel, Early Leaving."--Winston-Salem Journal "A mother goes to great lengths to defend her son in this sentimental domestic tale with a racial spin."--Publishers Weekly "Goldman's brutally honest dramatization of a dysfunctional family makes provocative reading."--Booklist "Haunting questions of parenthood ripple through the pages of this thoughtful second novel."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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About the Author

Judy Goldman's first novel, The Slow Way Back, won the Si

Judy Goldman's first novel, The Slow Way Back, won the Si

Judy Goldman's first novel, The Slow Way Back, won the Sir Walter Raleigh Fiction Award and the Mary Ruffin Poole Firr Walter Raleigh Fiction Award and the Mary Ruffin Poole Firr Walter Raleigh Fiction Award and the Mary Ruffin Poole First Work of Fiction Award, and was a finalist for the Southeast Work of Fiction Award, and was a finalist for the Southeast Work of Fiction Award, and was a finalist for the Southeast Booksellers Association's Best Novel of the Year. She is st

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"Effectively peels back the surface of family businesses to explore the impact of individual personality and interpersonal relationships - powerful but easily ignored factors in the world of private enterprise." -Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chief Executive Officer, BW Shipping "Groundbreaking and holistic view that gives a family business soul while explaining irrationalities in a rational way." - Mr Chavalit Tsao, Chairman IMC Group, Singapore "Family business is a topic of considerable importance to my firm because we are a family business as are many of our most important clients. The book's focus on both individual and family psychology offers new insights into the positive and negative influences that family relationships bring to the supposedly rational business world." -Raymond J. Baer, Chairman of the Board, Julius Baer Holding Ltd "Fascinating read. I believe very strongly in the statement that 'too many people take a rational actor approach' when it comes to family controlled businesses (FCB). There are limits to logical decision making and we need to explore those. FCB are therefore essentially more human than publicly owned companies and it is only appropriate that we should apply psychological theories of human mental phenomena and behaviour, to understand them better." - Andr

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Product Details

Publisher
Harper Perennial | HarperCollins
Published
31st October 2005
Pages
293
ISBN
9780060594596
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