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What You Have Left

(2007)
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What You Have Left is an unforgettable story of love, loss, and, most of all, longing.In 1976, on the day of his wife's funeral, Wylie Greer drops off his five-year-old daughter, Holly, at his father-in-law's dairy farm on the outskirts of Columbia, South Carolina. Wylie tells her he just needs a little time to clear his head, but thirty years pass before Holly sees her father again -- "time I spent wondering what I'd done to make him leave," she says, "and what I could do to make him come back."What You Have Left is about a father and daughter trying to make their way back to one another across decades of uncertainty and ambivalence -- all the while hoping to discover that what they have left is worth salvaging. It's also the story of a grandfather bent on suicide, a pioneering female NASCAR driver, a heartbroken amnesiac, a video poker junkie, and assorted other liars, cheaters, and lovers who, despite their best intentions, never quite live up to their own expectations.Are we doomed to repeat our parents' mistakes? Can lies save love instead of destroying it? Is letting go the same as giving up? Shot through with sly humor and a knowing sympathy for human weakness, What You Have Left takes up these and other questions as it examines the weight of history, the nature of loss, and the possibility of forgiveness. Making use of bold shifts in viewpoint and time, Allison proves a brilliant observer of the emotional legacies handed down from parent to child and the ways loss defines us. This stunning debut brims with an affection for humanity exactly as it is -- in all its ignorance and awareness, its swagger and humility, its despair and hope.

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Hardback Editions

June 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: What You Have Left
Author(s): Will Allison
ISBN: 1-4165-4139-X / 978-1-4165-4139-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Free Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

April 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: What You Have Left
Author(s): Will Allison
ISBN: 1-4516-4319-5 / 978-1-4516-4319-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Free Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: What You Have Left
Author(s): Will Allison
ISBN: 1-4165-4140-3 / 978-1-4165-4140-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Free Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

November 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: What You Have Left: A Novel
Author(s): Will Allison
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


November 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: What You Have Left: A Novel
Author(s): Will Allison
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2007 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: What You Have Left: A Novel
Author(s): Will Allison
Publisher: Free Press
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2007 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: What You Have Left: A Novel
Author(s): Will Allison
Publisher: Free Press
Availability: Amazon UK   



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