Women will probably empathize with Leave Me , because Maribeth, an over-worked and unappreciated young mother, manages to work everything out with her life, although by using unconventional---and unrecommended---means.
Maribeth is so busy with her job and her five-year-old twins that she doesn't even take time to realize that she is having a heart attack. And, when she comes home from the hospital, she still gets no help or respect from her husband or mother.
How does she attempt to take charge of her own life? She withdraws $25,000 from the bank and deserts her husband and kids.
Author Forman also writes books for young adults, which let me anticipate her good characters, generous dialogue, and a plot that moves right along. I thought Leave Me was a good mid-winter read, and kept me going to see how the author was going to achieve her happy ending.
The book is well-written, although probably not "literary." But it would leave plenty topics for discussion, including women's health, children who are adopted, the support of friendship, and sharing family responsibilities. Although Leave Me had plot elements I could argue with, I read it quickly and liked that it was different from other popular books.