Leaving the Life brings the reader inside private lives of an ordinary couple as their world is turned upside down by a shocking diagnosis. There is a surprise happy ending that not even the author knew was coming.
Their journey will leave you grateful for what you do have, and for what you do not have. You will also cling a little closer to the ones you love. Smith said “While, in the end, it was an honor and a privilege to have this experience, I hope to never have another one like it.”
The book is ideal for:
· Anyone who wants to see what it is really like when life as you know it unravels.
· The millions of people whose lives have been affected by serious illness, especially 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 bereft experience.
· Medical professionals, such as doctors, nurses, hospice workers, clergy, social workers and counselors.
Leaving the Life is for sale on Amazon.com as a paperback or eBook. Mr. Smith is available for readings and book signings with libraries, book clubs and other venues, and for interviews.
Smith is currently working on a novel. The author’s website, with excerpts from Leaving the Life, is at www.patrickmlsmith.com.
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What readers have said about Leaving the Life:
“It was heart wrenching, beautiful, inspiring and humbling. I marveled at your deep thoughtfulness and use of the English language.... It was a captivating, tragic story, yet you were able to connect with the reader in a deep, profound, life-affirming way...." ~ Laurelynn Martin, author of Searching for Home
"The book hooked me from the introduction…
"I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was watching a train wreck, and was emotionally drained at times, but I loved reading about your life together and how you handled the horror of it all." ~ Karen Chapuis
Brilliant! It read like a thriller. I was moved and inspired. ~ Reva Seybolt, Hands-on Healer
"I don't have words to express my gratitude, my awe, not only for what you have lived through, but the elegant humanity of your writing. You take us with you into the dark terror of a living hell…. I was moved to tears." ~ Lisa Davidson
"Smith writes in a visceral way.... It is intensely personal, and strangely compelling."
“The best and most original book I’ve read in a long time.” ~ Larry E. Zimmerman, novelist, author of the Amston Lake mystery series