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With or Without You

A Novel

by Caroline Leavitt

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With or Without You by Caroline Leavitt
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    Aug 4, 2020
    288 pages
    Genre: Novels

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  • Mary Lou F. (Naples, FL)
    Excellent read. A person changes through many extenuating circumstances. Due to brain damage main character becomes an artist who can see people as they really are. She also sees how she is and all the people around her are. Good read right to the end.
  • Susan T. (Bahama, NC)
    Absolutely loved this book
    I loved this book so much I spent the entire day reading until I finished it. The story was so compelling. I think anyone who has experienced being in a relationship where one or both people change for whatever reason would be able to relate to this book. The same holds true for anyone with complicated relationships with their parents. I really loved that it wasn't some kind of morality story, but rather the author treated the characters as real people with all their flaws and without judgement. I also liked how each character came to a new understanding of their parents during the story. I can't wait to go read something else Caroline Leavitt has written!
  • Mary L. (Greeley, CO)
    Complex characters one comes to love
    Characters, who at may first appear unsympathetic, change and grow as the novel progresses, both in surprising and complex ways. That depth depicts the way we humans can both complicate and untangle our lives. As life circumstances and crises bring complications for these characters, life also opens new opportunities for both relational and personal growth. The relationships may not turn out the way a reader may hope, yet hope resonates throughout the novel, including at the end. Reading the novel may even give a reader an opportunity to examine his or her own personal growth and relationships, past and present.
  • Susan H. (Mount Kisco, NY)
    she does it again!
    i really like leavitt's books - the characters are real people with real life issues. and that is again true here. it is a perfect way to spend quarantine .
  • Iris F. (Warren, FL)
    With or Without You
    With or Without You was a perfect book for a shelter at home binge read. It grabbed my attention from the very beginning and never let go.

    It started with an argument between Stella and Simon, a very happy and loving couple. The conflict was put aside due to a medical emergency. What follows is the journey of Stella, Simon and Libby, Stella's best friend.

    One of the things I liked about this book was that none of these people was vilified. They were all likeable and relatable. Nor were they portrayed as flawless. The ending was unpredictable which added to the enjoyment of the book.

    Though not the deepest book it is perfect for the times. I don't think this book would struggle for an audience.
  • Pamela C. (Boxborough, MA)
    Compelling story
    Picked up this book expecting a light domestic drama and instead found it to be a deep exploration of identity and transformation. Author has given us a well detailed view into a struggling marriage. Stella, a nurse, is married to Simon, a rock musician. They want different things, but are trying to make it work. One night, she agrees to take a pill with him to "celebrate" his up coming tour with a famous band. The meat of the story is that she goes into a long coma and their lives and marriage are turned upside down.The author beautifully decribes their struggle and what happens after she wakes up- the transformation of their individual identities and their marriage. Fascinating to learn about unusual coma outcomes. Enjoyed this book!
  • Nancy L. (Staunton, VA)
    With or Without You
    "With Or Without You", by Caroline Leavitt, is a story of what can happen to us when our lives are turned upside down by an unforseen traumatic event. After a mysterious coma for one of them, the three main characters; a young nurse, her musician boyfriend, and her best friend, a doctor all struggle to regain their previous roles. Instead, they discover that their old selves no longer ring true and each gradually uncovers a more authentic piece of themselves. I was fascinated watching the characters change and grow. Leavitt burrows deep into the characters' souls and shows us the forces that shape their lives. These are people just like us, and we see their goodness as well as their flaws. This was a totally satisfying read and I loved it.


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