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October 2, 2016



An enthralling, thought-provoking story about the family ties that bind us.

For every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the motorway instead of going home to make dinner, for anyone who has ever dreamed of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention, here is Maribeth Klein. A harried working mother who’s so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn’t even realize that she’s had a heart attack.

Surprised to discover that her recuperation seems to be an imposition  on those who rely on her, Maribeth does the unthinkable she packs her bags and leaves. But as is often the case, once we get where were going we see our lives from a different perspective. Far away from the demands of family and career and with the help of liberating new friendships, Maribeth is finally able to own up to the secrets she has been keeping from herself and those she loves.

She opened her eyes. She couldn’t breathe. Except she was breathing. But it felt like she couldn’t breathe. A bright light shone in her face. She blinked. She tried to speak but she couldn’t. Was she dreaming? It didn’t feel like she was dreaming.  She was freezing . Had someone left the AC on? Why was the AC on? She didn’t think it was summer.

She woke up again. The bright light was still there.  She still couldn’t speak. Was she dead? She hoped  she wasn’t dead because she felt dreadful. Maybe this was hell. She didn’t think she believed in hell.


I loved reading this book. I think that it has given reader an idea of what a heart attack is like and more importantly why it happens and what is involved if surgery is needed. Maribeth Klein is forty-four years old. Overtaxed and over-tired working long hours for a celebrity lifestyle magazine company. Stress levels are running high for Maribeth. After eating Chinese food she began to get pains in her chest. Maribeth had to have emergency bypass surgery the angioplasty went wrong The nurse does point out that what happened to Maribeth during the angioplasty is very rare. The angioplasty Punctured her artery. Her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her. She finds out that the tax bill has not been paid. Maribeth has had enough, and does the unthinkable thing that you think a mother with twins would do after having a heart attack. Maribeth packs her bags and leaves the family behind. I enjoyed Gayle Forman’s novel so much that I am off checking out all the other books that she has written. I am now following Gayle Forman on Goodreads.



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