What She Left

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE - JOHN MEAGHER

Rosie Fiore

Allen & Un­win, 400 pages, €12.95 On the face of it, He­len has it all: beau­ti­ful, ac­com­plished, tal­ented and the par­ent that oth­ers envy in her chil­dren’s school.

But one day, she dis­ap­pears. She wasn’t ab­ducted or killed, but has cho­sen to walk out of her life, leav­ing hus­band Sam and her young fam­ily be­hind. South African writer Fiore looks at what may have driven He­len to take such dras­tic ac­tion and ze­roes in on Sam and his at­tempts to lo­cate her. What role has he to play in her dis­ap­pear­ance and what will hap­pen if he even­tu­ally finds her?

Fiore asks ques­tions about mar­riage, sta­bil­ity and why some peo­ple risk los­ing it all in or­der to start all over again.

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