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In her exquisite new novel, acclaimed author Anita Brookner deals with one of the great dramas of our lives: growing up and leaving home. At twenty-six, Emma Roberts comes to the painful realization that if she is ever to become truly independent, she must leave her comfortable London flat and venture out into the wider world. This entails not only breaking free from a claustrophobic relationship with her reclusive, widowed mother but also shedding her inherited tendency toward melancholy. Emma yearns to make friends, attend parties, and have love affairs like other women, but to her these things seem forever out of reach-that is, until her college tutors find her a scholarship to study seventeenth-century garden design in Paris.
Once settled in a small Paris hotel, Emma befriends Françoise Desnoyers, a vibrant young woman who is as confident as Emma is tentative, as provocative as Emma is reserved, and as worldly as Emma is naïve. On a weekend visit to Françoise's beautiful country château, L'Ermitage, Emma is drawn into Françoise's problematic relationship with her imperious mother, who demands that Françoise marry a rich family friend to secure their future.
For Emma, the glimpse into Françoise's turbulent life affords her a newfound and welcome respect for her own. But as she begins to date and to feel at home in her new city, Emma must make a decision: settle for a life of comfortable relationships and familiar routines, or hold out for "that evanescent hope of a good outcome which never deserts one, and which should never be abandoned."

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Hardback Editions

May 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Leaving Home
Author(s): Anita Brookner
ISBN: 0-7862-8557-5 / 978-0-7862-8557-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Leaving Home: A Novel
Author(s): Anita Brookner
ISBN: 1-4000-6414-7 / 978-1-4000-6414-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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February 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Leaving Home
Author(s): Anita Brookner
ISBN: 0-670-91568-8 / 978-0-670-91568-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Paperback Editions

February 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Leaving Home
Author(s): Anita Brookner
ISBN: 1-4000-9565-4 / 978-1-4000-9565-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Leaving Home
Author(s): Anita Brookner
ISBN: 0-14-102070-9 / 978-0-14-102070-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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January 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Leaving Home
Author(s): Anita Brookner
ISBN: 0-14-102524-7 / 978-0-14-102524-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Leaving Home
Author(s): Anita Brookner
ISBN: 1-4056-2118-4 / 978-1-4056-2118-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Paragon
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1987 : USA Paperback
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Title: Leaving Home
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-670-91590-4 / 978-0-670-91590-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: (NY): Viking (1987).
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Audio Editions

September 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Leaving Home
Author(s): Anita Brookner
ISBN: 1-5318-7677-3 / 978-1-5318-7677-7
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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November 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Leaving Home
Author(s): Anita Brookner
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


November 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Leaving Home
Author(s): Anita Brookner
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Leaving Home (Sound Library)
Author(s): Anita Brookner
ISBN: 0-7927-3873-X / 978-0-7927-3873-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
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January 2006 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Leaving Home
Author(s): Anita Brookner
ISBN: 0-7927-3872-1 / 978-0-7927-3872-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

January 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Leaving Home
Author(s): Anita Brookner
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   


December 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Leaving Home (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Anita Brookner
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   



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