Leave Me: A Novel
Like the Energizer Bunny, Maribeth just keeps going. She is an editor at a fashion magazine, mother to four-year-old twins, and lucky wife to a radio DJ. In fact, she keeps going, even while suffering symptoms of a heart attack. After emergency surgery, she returns home to her family, where everyone relies on her and expects her to bounce back because no one else can organize them as well. Maribeth quickly realizes she will not be able to fully recuperate in that environment, so she packs up her bag and leaves. Just like that. Forman’s story is a fantasy to many overworked mothers who would love to just get in the car and drive away – not that they don’t love their families, but sometimes it just gets to be too much. The new friends that M.B. meets and her search for her biological mother move the story along quickly. Like Scary Mommy and other Internet mothers who embrace the fact that true motherhood is not all grape juice and white sofas, the story of Maribeth helps to alleviate the selfish feelings all busy mothers feel when they have that urge to just keep driving…and leave it all behind.