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$28.99  $26.96
W. W. Norton & Company
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6.4 X 9.24 X 0.95 inches | 1.17 pounds

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About the Author

Roxana Robinson is the award-winning author of six novels and three short story collections. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic, Harper's, and other publications. She lives in New York City and Connecticut, spends as much time as she can in Maine, and teaches in the MFA program at Hunter College.


A remarkable novel--a quietly expansive story, in which elements of love and family coalesce and escalate into tragedy. Leaving has a plot in which surprises abound, as broken conventions lead to menace and threat. A triumph of a book.--Joan Silber, author of Secrets of Happiness
This lithe novel engrosses. Robinson's storytelling is classic, page after page of swiftly moving scenes and writing as precise as rows of tilled earth. Robinson proves that writers can still evoke the silences and renunciations that thwart desire, and that stars still cross. The ending is a bombshell, eminently discussable.--Amity Gaige "New York Times"
Leaving is as absorbing as it is haunting, powered by Roxana Robinson's deep understanding of ambiguities, allegiances, and the lengths people must sometimes go to navigate them.--Meg Wolitzer, author of The Female Persuasion
Leaving is a passionate portrait of marriages, of parenthood (early and late), and the tectonic shifts of family life. Roxana Robinson brings her wit, her beautiful sentences, and her compassionate clarity to this book about the price of love and the enduring need for it.--Amy Bloom, author of In Love
A study of the complex joy and pain of late-life love, Leaving is a tour de force and arguably Robinson's finest work yet. Robinson's writing--unfailingly clear-eyed, packed with psychological insights--compels readers to care passionately about the characaters. Leaving stands as a wondrous feat, and its final impact shatters.--Joan Frank "Washington Post"
An impassioned portrayal of desire and loyalty, of romantic love and family duty, and an exploration into what we owe to each other--and to ourselves.-- "Oprah Daily"
Leaving navigates the chasm between responsibility and desire when two long-lost lovers reconnect. This beautiful book will sweep you away.-- "People Magazine"
What does love demand of us, and who must pay the price? Leaving is a searing interrogation of honor and passion. It dissects the hidden cost of the choices we make, and the consequences with which we must endeavor to live.--Geraldine Brooks, author of Horse
If to the combustible elements of passion, honor, love, and art, you add the complexities of modern parenting, you get the conflagration that is Leaving. Compelling, heart-stopping, and all too believable, this is a marvelous read.--Gish Jen, author of The Resisters
An operatic tragedy about passion and honor...poised to fuel many a book group discussion.--Heller McAlpin "NPR"