Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt

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Two women running away from their marriages collide on a foggy highway, killing one of them. The survivor, Isabelle, is left to pick up the pieces, not only of her own life, but of the lives of the devastated husband and fragile son that the other woman, April, has left behind. Together, they try to solve the mystery of where April was running to, and why. As these three lives intersect, the book asks, How well do we really know those we love—and how do we forgive the unforgivable?

About Caroline Leavitt

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Caroline Leavitt is the award-winning author of eight novels. Her essays and stories have been included in New York magazine, Psychology Today, More, Parenting, Redbook, and Salon. She's a columnist for the Boston Globe, a book reviewer for People, and a writing instructor at UCLA online.
Published January 25, 2011 by Algonquin Books. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Photographer Isabelle Stein, fleeing from her unfaithful husband in foggy weather, suddenly encounters a car containing a woman and a child, the car facing the wrong way in the middle of the road.

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Leavitt's voice never falters, telling the story of love, loss and bad decisions with confidence and in great detail. The character of Sam, a 9-year-old, is terrific; his scenes feel lived-in and true.

Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Pictures of You

Book Reporter

No, the truth was, you wanted to remember it always.” Isabelle’s friends urge her to move on, “as if she were a stalled car that only needed a little push.” There are many strands to this mature story, and Leavitt knits them together with loving attention and care: the emotional forces that attra...

Jan 21 2011 | Read Full Review of Pictures of You

The Washington Post

Isabelle finds herself back in her Cape Cod home town, while Luke - that philandering husband of hers - has it both ways, keeping up relationships with his girlfriend and his wife.

Jan 20 2011 | Read Full Review of Pictures of You

San Francisco Chronicle

Turning the pages, getting to know Isabelle and Sam and Sam's dad and, yes, April in the wake of the accident that disfigured and reconfigured her family, I almost forgot the question that drives the narrative from the first page to the last: Where was April going on that fateful day, and why?

Jan 16 2011 | Read Full Review of Pictures of You

Bookmarks Magazine

Carolyn See Critical Summary The Boston Globe describes Pictures of You "as part literary mystery, part domestic drama, and part psychological examination," and, indeed, the novel kept most critics on their toes the entire time.

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Red Room

Caroline Leavitt's 9th novel, Pictures of You, was published by Algonquin Books in 2011 and is a New York Times bestseller.

Nov 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Pictures of You

Ken Greenleaf

Circumstances (not always believable) conspire to draw the fated triangle together, helped along by Isabelle's immediate devotion to Sam and a reluctant but undeniable attraction between Isabelle and Charlie that sets the plot spinning to its conclusion.

Jan 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Pictures of You

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