Leaving the Life: A true story of love, loss and gratitude

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WARNING: THIS IS NOT FICTION, although you will wish it was. Leaving the Life is a brutally honest account of true love, coping with loss and the struggle for survival. Smith grabs you by the hand and brings you along for a wild ride. Go inside the private lives of an ordinary couple as their world is turned upside down by a shocking diagnosis.

This beautifully written love story is tragic but filled with courage, compassion and hope. There is an unexpected happy ending that not even the author saw coming.

It is a haunting page-turner that will move, touch and inspire you.  Patrick and Claudia's journey will leave you grateful for what you do have, and for what you do not have. You will cling a little closer to your loved ones. 

This compelling odyssey should be required reading for:
- Anyone who wants to see what it's REALLY like when life as you know it unravels
- The millions of people whose lives have been affected by serious illnessespecially the caregivers
- Anyone who has experienced loss, including widows and widowers in search of a story they can relate to
- Friends and family trying to understand what caregivers and the bereaved experience
Medical professionals, such as doctors, nurses, hospice workers, clergy, social workers and counselors.

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT  LEAVING THE LIFE:

"...the book hooked me from the introduction and I loved the writing. It read like a novel... It was hard to read knowing these were real people and how life is so unfair and cruel--even though we all know that." ~ Beth Schwaner

"I couldn't stop reading it, but felt so much sorrow - there was no mercy. It's such a sad love story.... I loved the poetry." ~ Claire C., Cancer Survivor

"I read [most of] the manuscript in one sitting, with only a break for lunch.... this is what good writing is all about...." ~ Alan D., Librarian

"I'm not sure how to categorize this non-fiction book - probably as a true romance. It is very sad, but also extremely well written. The book really made me think about what marriage vows really mean, about sickness and health, about courage, and how I want to live my own life. I couldn't put it down - I finished it in a day and a half. The ending was surprising and heartwarming." Kay G, Cancer survivor

"Patrick writes in a visceral way.... It is intensely personal, which really draws the reader in.... It would definitely appeal to those who have loved and lost, have had to deal with tragic, senseless life circumstances .... at this point in my life, I find it both depressing and uplifting - almost opposite emotions - and strangely compelling...." ~ Kim Reed, Teacher

"I devoured the book, stayed up late, and wanted to take it everywhere." ~ Vicki Butler

(NOTE: You do NOT need an Amazon Kindle to read this eBook. Amazon offers free apps that will let you read this eBook on just about any computer, tablet or smartphone.)

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From the Author:

"I wrote this book to save my life.  I hope it will move, touch and inspire others.  While, in the end, it was an honor and a privilege to have the experience I wrote about, I hope to never have another one like it."

From the publisher: "I couldn't put it down" has been a typical response from readers. For book clubs: Finding the right book for your book group can be frustrating and challenging. Leaving the Life: A true story of love, loss and gratitude offers an opportunity to introduce members to an author and book that most will be unfamiliar with. The three-dimensional characters deal with life issues any reader can relate to. The manner in which the tale is told creates a profound sense of kinship between reader and writer. You will feel as if you know these people. The author lets you see inside their hearts and minds, as they are forced to make difficult choices under difficult circumstances. This haunting memoir will insinuate itself into your experience with its heart-wrenching story and thought-provoking perspectives. This is a good book for discussion as it is extremely well written, and explores basic human truths.

About the Author:

Born under a bad sign in Boston, Patrick McKenna Lynch Smith grew up in Connecticut. After attending the Protracted School, the author worked at many jobs, and many other jobs, including belaboring the point. On several occasions, he arrived where he started and knew the place for the first time. He was married, widowed, and rose again to slouch towards Bethlehem. He also ate sour grapes and drank life to the lees. 

His articles and poems have never been published in The New Yorker.

Patrick Smith graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Anthropology. In between writing, he has worked as a commercial fisherman and in the building trades. He currently lives in Northeastern Connecticut. 

Smith served as a guest lecturer at Laurelynn Martin's "Write Your Life" seminars, was selected for a scholarship for the prestigious Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and has written copy for catalogs.

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Book Description Chimalis LLC. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. 398 pages. Dimensions: 8.5in. x 5.5in. x 1.0in.WARNING: THIS IS NOT FICTION, although you will wish it was. Leaving the Lifeis a brutally honest account oftrue love, coping with loss and the struggle for survival. Smith grabs you by the hand and brings you along for a wild ride. Go inside the private lives of an ordinary couple as their world is turned upside down by ashocking diagnosis. This beautifully written love storyis tragic but filled with courage, compassion andhope. There is anunexpected happy endingthat not even the author saw coming. It is a hauntingpage-turnerthat will move, touch and inspire you. Patrick and Claudias journey will leave yougrateful for what you do have, and for what you do not have. You will cling a little closer to your loved ones. This compelling odyssey should be required reading for: - Anyone who wants tosee what its REALLY like when life as you know it unravels- The millions of people whose lives have beenaffected by serious illness, especially thecaregivers - Anyone who has experienced loss, including widows and widowers in search of a story they can relate to- Friends and family trying to understand what caregivers and the bereaved experience-Medical professionals, such asdoctors, nurses, hospice workers, clergy, social workersandcounselors. WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT LEAVING THE LIFE: . . . the bookhooked me from the introductionand I loved the writing. It read like a novel. . . It was hard to read knowing these were real people and how life is so unfair and cruel--even though we all know that. Beth SchwanerI couldnt stop reading it, but felt so much sorrow - there was no mercy. Its such a sad love story. . . . I loved the poetry. Claire C. , Cancer SurvivorI read most of the manuscript in one sitting, with only a break for lunch. . . . this is what good writing is all about. . . . Alan D. , LibrarianIm not sure how to categorize this non-fiction book - probably as atrue romance. It is very sad, but alsoextremely well written. The book really made me think about what marriage vows really mean, about sickness and health, about courage, and how I want to live my own life. I couldnt put it down - I finished it in a day and a half. The ending was surprising andheartwarming. Kay G, Cancer survivorPatrick writes in a visceral way. . . . It is intensely personal, which reallydraws the readerin. . . . It would definitelyappeal to those who have loved and lost, have had to deal with tragic, senseless life circumstances . . . . at this point in my life, I find it both depressing and uplifting - almost opposite emotions - and strangely compelling. . . . Kim Reed, TeacherIdevoured the book, stayed up late, and wanted to take it everywhere. Vicki Butler(NOTE: You do NOT need an Amazon Kindle to read this eBook. Amazon offersfree appsthat will let you read this eBook on just about any computer, tablet or smartphone. ) This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9780989008693

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