The Leaving By Tara Altebrando
The Leaving uses three characters to tell the story from their point of view. Two of the characters were part of the six kindergarteners who were taken 11 years before the story begins. The third is the sister of a boy who was taken but doesn’t return. The search for the truth is a suspenseful journey and right up to the end I wasn’t sure who to trust. The story raised for me a lot of questions about memory. It points out that most of us remember very little of our childhood. The story asks; What is a really good memory? Would you rather remember a catastrophic event or simply have a blank spot where that memory was? If you lose your memory can you go forward without trying to regain that time? The story also explores the ways in which those who are left behind try to cope. And throughout the story is the conflict between people who chose to deal very differently with the same events. A good read.