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Leaving Home by Jodi Picoult
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Mar 01, 2012

it was amazing
Read in February, 2012

Leaving Home by Jodi Picoult
3 stories about how others leave home.
One is a letter to her son as he leaves for college. It starts out
at a hurricane in the 90's when she delivers him early and about
different things in their life as he grows up.

Another is a story about a little girl who dies from an illness.
They talk about her past and her funeral service and how the mother
is the last to see her as she was the first to see her when she was
born. She leaves her with a stuffed animal and a book called 'good
night moon' which is an excellent bedtime story that I had bought and
read via the computer to my grandson. Heartwretching to watch them
as they go through with getting on with their lives after their loss.

Weights and Measures: The third story is about how the mother one
day leaves home with everything intact. She's left to go on vacation
as the others in the house can make do with things themselves.
The teenage girl takes over with meals for everybody. The father
tells them of her leaving once before for months. The teenage daughter
travels to where she is to find out why she doesn't want to go home
yet.
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