Without a Backward Glance
by Kate Veitch
Published by Penguin Group, 2008
June 2009 Book Club Selection
Summary: The story of the McDonald children, Deborah, Robert, James, and Meredith, whose mother walks out of their lives on Christmas Eve leaving them devastated. As adults forty years later, who are watching their beloved father lose his memory to dementia, their lives dramatically change after a chance encounter brings James together with their long lost mother.
Review: Kate Veitch writes a compelling novel that makes the reader examine the themes of abandonment and forgiveness. Without a Backward Glance is a well written novel with beautiful character development. The characters sneak up on the reader throughout the book and by the end you can't help but care about them. A quiet novel that examines the family dynamics and individual personalities of a family in crisis. Rating:**** out of 5
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