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Unfolding over five crucial days, Julie Lawson Timmer’s debut novel Five Days Left, takes readers deep into the hearts and minds of two people who must decide how much they’re willing to sacrifice for the ones they love the most.
Though Mara and Scott—two people with different lives and different dilemmas—only know each other only through an anonymous Internet support group, they share the same need to come to terms with immeasurable loss and learn the art of letting go.
Choosing to have her main character suffer from Huntington’s disease, Lawson Timmer did intensive research into the disease, consulting with numerous experts, she also researched the other subjects in the book, from foster care to infertility to criminal sentencing, with the same meticulous care. The result is a beautifully rendered, true story that speaks to us all and asks how we would hold ourselves together in the face of such breathtaking impending loss.
Michigan author Julie Lawson Timmer’s Five Days Left, (Putnam; on sale September 9). Julie grew up in Ontario and earned a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University before heading south of the border. She has a law degree from Southern Methodist University and works as in-house legal counsel in Michigan. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and children. This is her first novel; she is currently at work on her second.
Five Days Left has already been named an Ingram Premiere Pick, earned praise from booksellers as well as bestselling authors Jodi Picoult, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Camille Noe Pagán and Christina Baker Kline. In addition, foreign rights have sold in sixteen countries.
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