Caroline Leavitt 2016
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"An arresting portrait of bygone America. Leavitt does a masterful job of building suspense as the terrifying story of what happened to Jimmy is slowly and skillfully revealed. But this is more than a page-turner of a mystery. Leavitt is as concerned with character as she is with plot, and therefore this book is also a poignant and insightful examination of how the survivors of tragedy are often transformed, molded and defined by that which haunts them. Here, the disappearance of Jimmy serves almost as a metaphor for the Cold War angst and suspicion gripping the country. Perhaps the most magical aspect of Leavitt's wonderful novel is that her narrative works as almost a parable for that complicated and uncertain era, teaching and warning her readers even as she entertains them."
Skip Horack, The San Francisco Chronicle 


"Leavitt is known for her ability to plumb the depths of human emotions. Her real strength lies in her portrayal of grief's many manifestations in those most closely affected.. Leavitt demonstrates through Lewis and Rose that without closure, the grief remains dormant yet retains its power. "
Publisher's Weekly 


New York Times bestseller-USA Today Bestseller-Longlist Maine Readers' Choice Award for Literary Fiction- A May Indie Next Pick -WNBA 2103 Great Group Reads Selection-A Jewish Book Council Bookclub Pick-A San Francisco Chronicle Lit Pick, Editor's Choice -Sundance Screenwriting Lab Finalist -Working Mother Magazine "Must Read" for Summer-Top Summer Reads-Where Now Group Choices Top Discussible Books-Best Books for Summer, Hudson Booksellers-Winner of Audiofile Earphones Award (audiobook narrated by Xe Sands)


"An emotionally wise novelist's latest novel tosses neighbors into kaleidescopic collision and then manages to make sense of their ensuring relationships and fates. Leavitt's ambitious narrative examines the various kinds of love--uxurious, romantic paternal--that can arise from or be transformed by unspeakable grief. These survivors barey gather the fragments of their lives which once seemed so safely wrapped up in habits and, it turns out, illusions. Their trials and triumphs remind us that however firmly we seek to root our perceptions in reality, some truths will always elude us in love."

Shirley Velasquez, Elle magazine, Hot Contents


"A white knuckle ride of love and longing. As in any Leavitt novel, mattrers are rarely as they appear to the casual bystander, and the author exhibits the talent for nuace in human relationships so mercifully devoid of romanticism they are reminiscent of early-career Alice Munro. Pictures of You is stepped in rich symbolism that creeps up on readers with subtlety. Leavitt brings a master mechanic's well-stocked toolbox to her trade. most satisfying of all, with Leavitt's careful steering, even the wildest coincidences in this brooding, beautiful novel sparkle with all the haphazard brilliance of broken glass upon the concrete."

Andrea Hoag, Minnesota Star Tribune




Two women running away from their marriages collide on a foggy highway, killing one of them. The survivor, Isabelle, is left to pick up the pieces, not only of her own life, but of the lives of the devastated husband and fragile son that the other woman, April, has left behind. Together, they try to solve the mystery of where April was running to, and why. As these three lives intersect, the book asks, How well do we really know those we love―and how do we forgive the unforgivable?

 New York Times Bestseller-USA Today e-book Bestseller-Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2011-San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of 2011-Providence Journal Best Ten Books of 2011 List-Kirkus Reviews Best Five Books on Family and Love in 2011-Costco Pennie's Pick-Bookmarks Magazine Best Books of 2011-Australian, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Serbian, Polish, Brazil, Russia, and large print rights -One of BookPages 20 Best Books of the Year so far


Girls in trouble  "A complex, moving drama. Unpicks a legacy of tangled emotions and considers what motherhood really means."

The London Mail


"Both a page-turner and also a canny portrait of the trouble perfectly ordinary people can get into while trying to satisfy their perfectly ordinary needs for love and security and happiness. It is no small accomplishment to portray the lives of decent people and their poor choices in such a way that we continue to care about what happens to them. The pleasure of this novel comes from Leavitt's wisdom about the deep chasm of misfortune, her exploration of misfortune's steep slope and her recognition that climbing out of misfortune's pit, step by arduous step, requires a heroism that literature, with its capacity for rendering the elevated quality of ordinary experience, can portray so beautifully. The characters are blazingly knowable, and it is Leavitt's sympathy that gives her novel both its page-turning momentum and its dignity"
Carrie Brown, The Washington Post Book World 


"Provocative and poignant. For bookclub junkies, some challenging themes to be debated."
Chicago Sun-Times

A Booksense 76 Selection-The Detroit Free Press/Magic 105.1 May Book Club Selection-Mostly Fiction's Top Fiction for 2004-Foreign Rights Sold to Sweden, England, Holland and China-Recommended for Book Clubs, The Chicago Sun-Times-A top ten pick in the UK's Mango Book Club!-A Donna Karan New York "books to take on the road with you" pick-A "Must Read" Bookclub selection in Working Mother Magazine.-Bookclub selection for and Seventeen Magazine Book Club-A More Magazine "Must Read"