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What Was Left

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When Rachel is pregnant with Lola, she imagines motherhood will involve pushing her sleeping infant in a pram through sun-dappled parks, suffused with the purest love she has ever felt. Then she gives birth to a screaming, colicky child in a country far from home. Feeling isolated and unsupported, she is plagued with thoughts of hurting her daughter.
This is the story of what happens next.

"Limprecht's story deftly arranges big themes - ambition, activism, infidelity and obsession - against a rush of backdrops as Rachel takes flight: India, Israel, Switzerland and beyond. There are flashes of love's different versions, bound up with the damage we do to ourselves and to others. And there are sharp observations: Rachel's sense that she 'could do anything she chose to do... unless you have children'; a single father's sense that while he's lauded for rearing his child, 'how many single mothers are doing the same thing?'" Ashley Hay, The Australian

"It does what fiction does best, daring its reader to imagine what it is like to be someone society has long trained us to malign as the near-evil other." Melbourne Review

"One of the best debut novels I have read in a long time... What Was Left is a riveting novel that examines ideas of motherhood, identity and the lies people tell to protect each other.." Readings Monthly

"The elegant structure of this bildungsroman incorporates six countries and four sets of parents, Limprecht is in tight control of these narratives... the novel's ideas flourish." Australian Book Review

"Limprecht's first novel is a richly textured book about the strengths and limitations of family bonds." Thuy On, Sun Herald

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"A novel that I couldn't wait to get back to each time i put it down." - Georgia Blain

Used availability for Eleanor Limprecht's What Was Left

Paperback Editions

September 2013 : Australia Paperback

Title: What Was Left
Author(s): Eleanor Limprecht
ISBN: 0-9875070-7-9 / 978-0-9875070-7-5 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Sleepers Publishing
Availability: Amazon AU   

Kindle Editions

September 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: What Was Left
Author(s): Eleanor Limprecht
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