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?
Caroline Leavitt's new novel With or Without You is on sale August 4, 2020.
About the Author
Caroline Leavitt is the award-winning author of twelve novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow. Her essays and stories have been included in New York magazine, Psychology Today, More, Parenting, Redbook, and Salon. She’s a book critic for People, the Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and she teaches writing online at Stanford and UCLA.
"Caroline Leavitt plumbs the depths of grief and forgiveness in the lovely Pictures of You." —Vanity Fair
"Suspenseful...gripping. Leavitt is superb. Most impressive is how Leavitt deals head-on with well-meaning people who come to realize, too late, that even an imperfect life is irreplaceable."—O, the Oprah Magazine (Jane Ciabattari)
"Emotionally wise and ambitious." —Elle Magazine
“Part literary mystery, part domestic drama, and part psychological examination.” —The Boston Globe
"White-knuckle ride of love and longing. Reminiscent of Alice Munro. Even the wildest coincidences in this brooding, beautiful novel sparkle with haphazard brilliance of broken glass." —Minnesota Star Tribune
"Hauntingly compelling." —San Francisco Chronicle Editor's Choice, Lit Pick
"This thoughtful novel brings up a problem all of us have to deal with in the course of our lives, unless we're lucky enough to sneak through existence without encountering misfortune of any kind . . . This is a novel that invites us to look at our own imperfections, not the dramatic crimes, but the niggling little sins of omission that so often render our lives tragically undernourished and small." --Washington Post
"Leavitt is superb at revealing the secrecy inside many marriages and the way children grieve . . . most impressive is how Leavitt deals head-on with well-meaning people who come to realize, too late, that even an imperfect life is irreplaceable." --O: The Oprah Magazine
"Leavitt's ambitious narrative examines the various kinds of love--uxorious, romantic, paternal--that can arise from or be transformed by unspeakable grief. These survivors bravely 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." --Elle
"Although we all hope this becomes a seamlessly happy ending, its more like the sloppy, messy, human, frustrating, yet transcendent thing we generally call life." --Mothering Magazine
"Caroline Leavitt plumbs the depths of grief and forgiveness in the lovely Pictures of You." --Vanity Fair