Without a Backward Glance (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 24, 2008 - Fiction - 384 pages
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A new voice in the tradition of Anne Tyler and Anita Shreve

Christmas Eve 1967: the night the lives of the McDonald children, Deborah, Robert, James, and Meredith, changed forever. Th eir mother, Rosemarie, told them she was running out to buy more lights for the tree. Instead, she boarded a plane bound for London, leaving the children with their father and the gnawing question: Why did their mother abandon them?

Over the years the siblings have become practiced in concealing their pain, remaining close into adulthood and forming their own families. But long-closed wounds are reopened and secrets that each sibling has locked away come to light, as their father progresses into dementia and James encounters Rosemarie after nearly forty years of her absence. Veitch’s family portrait reveals the joys and sorrows, the complexity and ambiguity of family life, and poignantly probes what it means to love and what it means to leave.

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User Review  - Mj Mcnutt - Goodreads

The pace of the book was quick and the characters very realistic. The plot was a bit predictable, but in a good way. The unfolding of the events was done skillfully and did not upset the reader with ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

Every mom has that day where you want to run away for a second. The mom in the story does exactly this, except she does not return. The book deals with the effect on her 4 kids. I liked that the author told the story from all the siblings point of views. Read full review


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About the author (2008)

Kate Veitch was born in Australia. She has written for the "Sydney Morning Herald" and "Vogue Australia" and she produced aTheir Brilliant Careers, a a series on women writers for Australiaas Radio National. She splits her time between rural Australia and New York City. "Without a Backward Glance" is her first novel, and was a bestseller in Australia and Germany.

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