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The Man Who Left: A Memoir

New York Times Bestseller

The Man Who Left is a memoir about the importance of fathers. It’s about the men who leave, and the men who stay. Theresa was five when her father left his family for a better life with a wealthy socialite. Many years passed with only occasional and grudging contact. This is the author’s personal story of a strained and painful father/daughter relationship.


From the Editor

The Man Who Left could be considered a companion to the stunning memoir The Orchard. But where The Orchard is a dark fairy tale, The Man Who Left is pure Middle American gothic, told in Theresa Weir’s unadorned yet richly powerful and emotionally resonant style. A story about the burdens of remembering and the costs of forgetting, The Man Who Left poignantly chronicles the emotional consequences of betrayal and abandonment by those who are supposed to love us the most.


"Theresa Weir is skilled at breaking my heart with her engaging, authentic prose. The Man Who Left can be read as a stand alone, but it can easily be considered a companion memoir to her critically acclaimed The Orchard. An honest and emotional account of Alzheimer's and absence that I highly recommend."

—Book End Babes

"Best of 2012"

—L.K. Rigel

"This book, as everyone points out, is a companion piece to The Orchard, a memoir about Theresa's marriage. I loved that book and thought it was the best thing I read in 2011. So I was quick to pick up this book which is about the author's earlier life. Again, I found it mesmerizing. I am fascinated by getting behind the doors of America's households and Theresa allows us in to her teenage life here (also, her later life, helping out her elderly father who abandoned the family.) Highly Recommended."

— Paul LaRosa, author