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What You Have Left by Will Allison
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Jan 07, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: novels
Read in January, 2008

Following his wife’s death, Wylie Greer drops off Holly, his 5-year old daughter, at his father-in-law’s dairy farm, never to be seen again. As the years pass, Holly thinks of Wylie frequently, unable to let go of a wish to find and confront him. A few decades down the line, Holly is married and has a feisty daughter, not unlike herself. Having leads on Wylie’s whereabouts, but unsure whether a happy reunion is possible, she makes the decisive move to seek out her father once and for all. The book addresses issues of abandonment, grief, and forgiveness. The narrative changes from chapter to chapter, shifting back and forth between Wylie, Holly, and Holly’s husband Lyle. This use of multiple narratives proves fascinating because you’re able to see how one decision is interpreted by each character and how it affects their life. Really enjoyed it.

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