The Man Who Left

The Man Who Left THE MAN WHO LEFT is about the importance of fathers It s about the men who leave and the men who stay It s a familiar story Father leaves his wife and children and never looks back Theresa Weir was f

THE MAN WHO LEFT is about the importance of fathers It s about the men who leave, and the men who stay.It s a familiar story Father leaves his wife and children and never looks back Theresa Weir was five when her father left his family for a better life with a wealthy socialite Many years passed with only occasional and grudging contact by Theresa s father When TheresTHE MAN WHO LEFT is about the importance of fathers It s about the men who leave, and the men who stay.It s a familiar story Father leaves his wife and children and never looks back Theresa Weir was five when her father left his family for a better life with a wealthy socialite Many years passed with only occasional and grudging contact by Theresa s father When Theresa married into a successful farm family, her father resurfaced, but she couldn t help but be suspicious of his awkward visits.Years later, when the aging socialite dies and Theresa s father is diagnosed with Alzheimer s, people expect Theresa to move to Florida to care for him A daughter s duty.This is Theresa s personal story of a strained and painful father daughter relationship.What does a daughter owe the father who abandoned her From the editor THE MAN WHO LEFT could be considered a companion to the stunning memoir THE ORCHARD But where THE ORCHARD is a dark fairy tale, THE MAN WHO LEFT is pure Middle American gothic, told in Theresa Weir s unadorned yet richly powerful and emotionally resonant style A story about the burdens of remembering and the costs of forgetting, THE MAN WHO LEFT poignantly chronicles the emotional consequences of betrayal and abandonment by those who are supposed to love us the most.

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  1. Theresa Weir a.k.a Anne Frasier is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty six books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, fantasy, and memoir During her award winning career, she s written for Penguin Putnam, Simon Schuster, HarperCollins Publishers, Bantam Books Random House, Silhouette Books, Grand Central Publishing Hachette, and s Thomas Mercer Her titles have been printed in both hardcover and paperback and translated into twenty languages Her first memoir, THE ORCHARD, was a 2011 Oprah Magazine Fall Pick, Number Two on the Indie Next list, a featured B review in Entertainment Weekly, and a Librarians Best Books of 2011 Her second memoir, THE MAN WHO LEFT, was a New York Times Bestseller Going back to 1988, Weir s debut title was the cult phenomenon LILY, initially published by Pocket Books and later reissued by Bantam Books Writing as Theresa Weir, she won a RITA for romantic suspense COOL SHADE , and a year later the Daphne du Maurier for paranormal romance BAD KARMA In her recent Anne Frasier career, her thriller and suspense titles hit the USA Today list HUSH, SLEEP TIGHT, PLAY DEAD and were featured in Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club HUSH was both a RITA and Daphne du Maurier finalist THE ORCHARDAn Oprah Magazine Fall Pick Featured B Review in Entertainment WeeklyNumber Two on October Indie Next ListBJ s Book Club SpotlightLIbrarians Best Books of 2011Maclean s Top Books of 2011On Point NPR Best Books of 2011Abrams Best of 2011Publishers Lunch Publishers Weekly Favorite Books of 2011Eighth Annual One Book, One Community 2012, Excelsior, MinnesotaTarget Book Club Pick, September 2012theresaweirTitle ListWriting as ANNE FRASIERHush, USA Today bestseller, RITA finalist, Daphne du Maurier finalist 2002 Sleep Tight, USA Today bestseller 2003 Play Dead, USA Today bestseller 2004 Before I Wake 2005 Pale Immortal 2006 Garden of Darkness, RITA finalist 2007 Once Upon a Crime anthology, Santa s Little Helper 2009 The Lineup, Poems on Crime, Home 2010 Discount Noir anthology, Crack House 2010 Deadly Treats Halloween anthology, editor and contributor, The Replacement September 2011 Once Upon a Crime anthology, Red Cadillac April 2012 Woman in a Black Veil July 2012 Dark Volume 1 short stories, July 2012 Dark Volume 2 short stories, July 2012 Black Tupelo short story collection July 2012 Girls from the North Country short story, August 2012 Made of Stars short story, August 2012 Stars short story collection, August 2012 Zero Plus Seven anthology, 2013 Stay Dead April 2014 Writing as THERESA WEIRThe Forever Man 1988 Lily, RITA finalist, Best New Adventure Writer award, Romantic Times 1988 Loving Jenny 1989 Pictures of Emily 1990 Iguana Bay 1990 Forever 1991 Last Summer 1992 One Fine Day 1994 Long Night Moon, Reviewer s Choice Award, Romantic Times 1995 American Dreamer 1997 Some Kind of Magic 1998 Cool Shade RITA winner, romantic suspense 1998 Bad Karma, Daphne du Maurier award, paranormal 1999 Max Under the Stars, short story 2010 The Orchard, a memoir September 2011 The Man Who Left , a memoir and New York Times bestseller April 2012 The Girl with the Cat Tattoo June 2012 Made of Stars August 2012 Come As You Are October 2013 The Geek with the Cat Tattoo December 2013

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  1. Reviewed from e arc provided by NetGalleyIn her second memoir, romance and mystery writer Theresa Weir writes the antithesis of a romance the story of a man who deserted his true love, and their children, for the sake of a wealthy lifestyle with a much older woman It s also a mystery that will never be solved.The first person narrative alternates between young Theresa s past, a harrowing story of children left at the mercy of an insane and abusive mother, and present day Theresa s attempts to co [...]

  2. 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 [...]

  3. Maybe this book struck a little too close to home, or maybe the timing was wrong, but it left me sad in a blank kind of way that was perhaps intentional The impression it left mirrors the underlying themes of the book loneliness, abandonment, the longing to understand the past, and the knowledge that there are some pains we will never understand, no matter how hard we try I went back and forth with this book There were times when the author sounded like a peevish child with an ax to grind, and I [...]

  4. This book just broke my heart In a world of disfunctional families, this family gets the top award And yet the author does not wallow She moves from one painful childhood scene to another, letting us feel her confusion and helplessness, without asking for sympathy Interwoven in those painful memories, is the present, as she tries to reconnect with the father who left them, now an old man who doesn t even remember who she is at times The answers she so desperately seeks are buried in the memories [...]

  5. Theresa Weir shares her life of instability and disconnected relationships in this tale of her life as the daughter of a man who chooses to leave his wife and 3 children for an older, wealthy socialite As he does so, he tells them, you ll never see me again The family moved quite a bit, eventually settling down after Theresa s mother marries again Yet, life for Theresa never gets better The turns and valleys of her life are chronicled, and the reunion between Theresa and her father is a poignant [...]

  6. I received a complimentary copy of this book through a First Reads giveaway I would rate this book somewhere between 3 and 4 stars.The Man Who Left is a companion book to The Orchard, Theresa Weir s highly acclaimed first memoir Theresa Weir is a good writer the book reads like a fictional story but unfortunately for me, I felt that the content wasn t particularly engaging I had a difficult time picking it up night after night because it never really hooked me At the end of the day, it was an ok [...]

  7. I love non fiction that feel like fiction and this one certainly took the tiger by the tail Quite unusual and I would like to read by this author.

  8. Theresa Weir provides a very accurate description of the emotional consequences of betrayal and abandonment of those who are supposed to love us the most It also provides much insight as to what one goes through when a family member has Alzheimer s disease.

  9. The subject matter is heavy and emotional, and Weir puts it all out there on the page, taking her readers through her youth suffering abandonment, abuse and neglect from the adults in her life Weir s father left the family when Theresa was very young He left Theresa s mother for an older, wealthy woman and never looked back at the family he left behind Decades later when Weir s father is diagnosed with Alzheimer s and he has no one else left in his life, she returns to help him Weir s memoir is [...]

  10. I have enjoyed Theresa Weir s writing since her early books in the late 1980 s, and I am always thrilled when she comes out with a new book It is rare for me to enjoy memoirs, but hers flow so smoothly that I love them as much as fiction She is a great storyteller, no matter what genre she chooses This book is the story of her father and their rather difficult relationship It really made me feel for what the author has been through in her life I have liked learning about Theresa Weir in her mem [...]

  11. An enjoyable read Both sections or timelines were compelling the narrator as a youngster and later in life as a married woman with her own family suddenly thrust into the role of caring for an ailing father who was never there for her when she was a child This creates great tension And the fact that Weir s father is suffering from alzheimer s and can t be held blamed or reproached for the heart wrenching things he often says adds another layer My only criticism is that the book is short Too shor [...]

  12. I enjoyed reading the man who left The book kept me captivated from beginning to end Theresa did a wonderful job bringing me into her world, the visit with her dad, and all of the memories and emotions that can bring about I like how it also points out the fact that in forty years almost nothing had been done to overcome and eliminate or at least successfully slow down alzheimer s I would and am reccommending this book to my friends and family.

  13. A great book about memory and the impact of parents in our lives I sped through this one, constantly wanting to know what happened next Weir does an excellent job with jumping through time her past and back to present offering insights along the way The parts about her upbringing with her mother and stepfather were a bit challenging to read without a little bit of flinching, but there s an honesty to it that I greatly appreciated from the writer.

  14. Loved the book, its a poignant and heart wrenching story about love lost and regained between father and daughter, how a fractured family suffered emotional betrayal and abandonment by the father who left because his wife promised him anything, not in word or actions, that they would have a rich and exciting life but never delivered and used the pregnancies to make him stay and how he gets in contact with his daughter later on in life

  15. From the description, I thought this would be about her journey in caring for her ailing father the man who left her all those years ago.It did touch on that, but the book dealt far with her childhood, mother, stepfather, and siblings than with the realities of caring for an Alzheimer s patient Overall I very much enjoyed this book, but I think the description is a little misleading.

  16. I don t know why I gave this book 4 stars Should it have been 5 Or 2 Different kind of read for me Left me feeling a little creepy on the order of The Lovely Bones making me feel nauseous, creepy, disgusted and determined never to read such a horrid book again But this is The Man Who Left Treatise on Alzheimer s, deadbeat dads, abusive parents, etc I would not be interested in reading anything else by the author.

  17. I did not like the way the author went from past to present I usually like this in most books , but I guess I didn t like her style of writing There needed to be details in the relationships I feel a lot of depth was left out of these characters Especially the main character telling the story.

  18. Good book I too was a little confused when she dwelled on her teenage years with her mother Kept wondering when she was getting back to the story of her dad I was angry and hoping she would have her day with her mother Having gone through my father having early onset Alzheimer s some of it hit home I wondered if her brothers knew she was in touch with him

  19. Thought Provoking Brutally Honest Amazingly well written This is a book that makes you think just what would you do if faced with these same decisions Although The Man Who Left is a companion book to Ms Weir s book The Orchard, this does read as a stand alone Enjoy NetGalley and Belfry Press provided an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  20. This is one of novels that makes you grateful for your protected and happy childhood It depicts the impact that growing up without a father can have on a child and how hard a way it is to understanding and maybe forgiveness This book will touch you on a completely new level and you won t get it out of your head for some time.

  21. Describes the painful and humiliating childhood of a prominent author, whose mother was crazy and whose stepfather beat her regularly with a belt The fact that she could even survive such an upbringing is remarkable The fact that she turned it into poignant literature is beyond imagining I would HIGHLY urge you to read this book.

  22. She got dealt a bad hand and made the best of it She was looking for answers she isn t going to get because of Alzheimer s and I m sorry that she won t get the answers she desperately seeks The book read fine, i wanted to like it than I did It was ok.

  23. I hated the first chapter and almost put the book away but really liked the rest of the book Sad story about a woman dealing with her dad that has Alxheimers and can t remember he left his kids and wife

  24. This was not a book to enjoy It was sad The parents are dysfunctional resulting in a broken family and abusive situation It was well written and gave a n informative description of Alzheimer s and it devastating affects.

  25. I liked the story but it seemed a little drawn out for such a short book I would definitely read other things from this author though

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