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Leaving the World

(2009)
A novel by

 
 
Aged thirteen, Jane makes a vow to herself and to her feuding parents - she will never marry, have children and lead the resentful life they chose. Years later, now a Harvard professor and living with Theo, a filmmaker, Jane falls unexpectedly pregnant. Resolved as she's been to childlessness, she begins to warm to the idea of motherhood, even with a partner who is increasingly absent. But a devastating turn of events takes the decision out of her hands in a way she could never have predicted. Her familiar world torn apart, Jane feels forced to leave her old life behind, and piece by piece begins to destroy the little that is left. She resigns from her job, cuts all ties with friends and family and moves to a place where no one will find her. Isolated, she feels she has finally succeeded in leaving her world. Yet when a young girl disappears, prompting a high-profile police investigation, Jane is drawn in. Convinced that the person at the heart of the case is much closer to her new community than anyone realises, she has to make a decision - stay hidden or bring to light a shocking truth.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Provocative." - Colum McCann


Used availability for Douglas Kennedy's Leaving the World

Hardback Editions

March 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: Leaving the World
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 0-09-179578-8 / 978-0-09-179578-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Paperback Editions

June 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Leaving the World: A Novel
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 1-4391-8078-4 / 978-1-4391-8078-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
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February 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Leaving the World
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 0-09-950968-7 / 978-0-09-950968-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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February 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Leaving the World
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 0-09-950967-9 / 978-0-09-950967-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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March 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Leaving the World
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 0-09-179579-6 / 978-0-09-179579-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Audio Editions

September 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Leaving the World
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
Publisher: Random House Audio
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September 2010 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Leaving the World
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 1-4070-7191-2 / 978-1-4070-7191-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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September 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Leaving the World
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
Publisher: Random House Audio
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September 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Leaving the World
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 2010 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Leaving The World
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 0-7531-4997-4 / 978-0-7531-4997-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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February 2010 : UK Audio CD

Title: Leaving The World
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 0-7531-4998-2 / 978-0-7531-4998-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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February 2010 : UK MP3 CD

Title: Leaving The World
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 0-7531-4999-0 / 978-0-7531-4999-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

May 2010 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Leaving the World: A Novel
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
Publisher: Atria Books
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March 2009 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Leaving the World
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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