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12/19/13 LitStack’s 2 a Day Giveaway: What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman
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12/19/13 LitStack’s 2 a Day Giveaway: What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

What She Left Behind Ellen Marie Wiseman Kensington Books Ten years ago, Izzy Stone’s mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother’s apparent insanity, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy’s help in cataloguing items at […]

What She Left Behindwiseman
Ellen Marie Wiseman
Kensington Books

Ten years ago, Izzy Stone’s mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother’s apparent insanity, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy’s help in cataloguing items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past. Clara Cartwright, eighteen years old in 1929, is caught between her overbearing parents and her love for an Italian immigrant. Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage, Clara’s father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids. But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash, he can no longer afford her care, Clara is committed to the public asylum. Even as Izzy deals with the challenges of yet another new beginning, Clara’s story keeps drawing her into the past. If Clara was never really mentally ill, could something else explain her own mother’s violent act? Piecing together Clara’s fate compels Izzy to re-examine her own choices – with shocking and unexpected results.

 

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5 responses to “12/19/13 LitStack’s 2 a Day Giveaway: What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman”

  1. lomazowr@gmail.com' Rhonda says:

    Sounds perfect for me.

  2. cenya2@hotmail.com' Marjorie Roy says:

    I would love to read this book, the storyline sounds like a winner to me.
    I really like a mystery and a suspense story.

  3. Intriguing! Sign me up for a chance at this one.

  4. diane@paragonprep.com' paradiane says:

    The story within a story AND set in different times is fascinating! I’d love to have one!

  5. It’s an amazing feeling when you know that you are going to love a book before you even read the first page. It happens far less often then it should.

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