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The Man Who Left by Theresa Weir
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May 09, 2012

it was amazing
Read from March 21 to May 09, 2012

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, Weir's memoir of her marriage, The Man Who Left reads like a novel. Her stark truth-telling is raw, real, and liberating.
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Reading Progress

03/21/2012 "Just reading the description is like pulling a scab off my heart. Needless to say, I've got daddy issues. I love Weir's writing; I know this is going to be a hell of a ride."
04/14/2012
65.0% "Intense, real, true. So good."

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