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What You Have Left

Allison, Will

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ISBN 10: 141654139X / ISBN 13: 9781416541394
Published by Free Press, New York, 2007
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Title: What You Have Left

Publisher: Free Press, New York

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed By Author on Title Page

Edition: First Edition.

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What You Have Left is an unforgettable story of love, loss, and, most of all, longing.

In 1976, on the day of his wife's funeral, Wylie Greer drops off his five-year-old daughter, Holly, at his father-in-law's dairy farm on the outskirts of Columbia, South Carolina. Wylie tells her he just needs a little time to clear his head, but thirty years pass before Holly sees her father again -- "time I spent wondering what I'd done to make him leave," she says, "and what I could do to make him come back."

What You Have Left is about a father and daughter trying to make their way back to one another across decades of uncertainty and ambivalence -- all the while hoping to discover that what they have left is worth salvaging. It's also the story of a grandfather bent on suicide, a pioneering female NASCAR driver, a heartbroken amnesiac, a video poker junkie, and assorted other liars, cheaters, and lovers who, despite their best intentions, never quite live up to their own expectations.

Are we doomed to repeat our parents' mistakes? Can lies save love instead of destroying it? Is letting go the same as giving up? Shot through with sly humor and a knowing sympathy for human weakness, What You Have Left takes up these and other questions as it examines the weight of history, the nature of loss, and the possibility of forgiveness. Making use of bold shifts in viewpoint and time, Allison proves a brilliant observer of the emotional legacies handed down from parent to child and the ways loss defines us. This stunning debut brims with an affection for humanity exactly as it is -- in all its ignorance and awareness, its swagger and humility, its despair and hope.

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Will Allison was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and now lives with his wife and daughter in South Orange, New Jersey. The former executive editor of Story, he serves as a staff member at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. His short stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, One Story, Kenyon Review, and other magazines and have been shortlisted in The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. This is his first novel. For more information visit www.WillAllison.com.

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