Five Days Left

Five Days Left Mara Uma Advogada De Sucesso, Tem Um Casamento Feliz, Uma M E Dedicada Tem, Tamb M, Uma Doen A Devastadora Que Esconde Do Marido E Da Filha Pequena Ama Os Demasiado Para Aceitar Ser Um Fardo Para Eles E Tudo Corre Bem Durante Alguns Anos S O Anos Maravilhosos Mas Sobre Os Quais Paira A Sombra Da Sua Decis O Aquando Do Diagn Stico Viver Enquanto Puder Manter Se Digna Agora Que O Seu Corpo Est Finalmente A Ceder, Mara Estabelece Um Doloroso Prazo Dentro De Cinco Dias, Acabar Com A Sua Pr Pria VidaA Mais De Mil Quil Metros De Dist Ncia, Scott Tem Tamb M Apenas Cinco Dias Para Cuidar De Curtis, Um Menino Que Acolheu Em Sua Casa E Que Ser Agora Novamente Entregue M E, Que Est Prestes A Terminar Uma Pena De Pris O Foi Com Scott Que Curtis Conheceu A Estabilidade E O Amor E Desfrutou Plenamente Da Inf Ncia Pela Primeira Vez O Que O Espera Uma Angustiante Inc Gnita Para Proteger Curtis, Scott Tem Agora De Abdicar Dele Para SempreMara E Scott S O Duas Pessoas Em Contagem Decrescente Inesperadamente, As Suas Vidas V O Cruzar Se E Unir Se Numa Amizade Que Os Acompanhar Ao Longo Da Semana Mais Dif Cil Das Suas Vidas E, No Final Dessa Dura Semana, Qual Deles Estar Feliz Qual Estar De Luto E Qual Deles Ter Desaparecido Para Sempre

Julie Lawson Timmer grew up in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband Dan, their children and two badly behaved rescued dogs By turns, she is an author, lawyer, mom stepmom, and fledgling yogi She is the author of FIVE DAYS LEFT Putnam 2014 , UNTETHERED Putnam 2016 and MRS SAINT AND THE DEFECTIVES coming August 1, 2017 from Lake Union.

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  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • Five Days Left
  • Julie Lawson Timmer
  • Portuguese
  • 23 July 2018

10 thoughts on “Five Days Left

  1. says:

    I read and enjoyed Julie Lawson Timmer s Untethered last year, and I had actually bought this book first Unfortunately, I filed it away in the sad books category in my own head and was waiting for the right time to read it Thank goodness I finally found the right time because I felt deeply connected to the two storylines Mara has been diagnosed with Huntington s Disease, and Scott has spent the last year being the best foster parent ever As I walked through Five Days with each of these characters and their families, I found myself repeatedly asking what would I do in their shoes This book would make the perfect book club read because there are so many points of discussion foster families adoption, degenerative illnesses and marriage, illnesses and families parenting, and many others I m hesitant with sad books I m skeptical because I ve read many that end up feeling trite or even just too easy There was never an easy or pat moment The writing was raw at times It was moving It was engaging, and it was tender It was honest and powerful, and I m so grateful that I read it.2017 Summer Vacation Book 9

  2. says:

    Hand me the mop, the bottle overturned and syrup is dripping all over the place Where s the electric, where s the zap, all I got was gooey sap But that s not all Snooze city Boring people leading boring lives in the boring burbs It has been hard to even rally the juices to write a review, this book is so mind numbing.The story is about Mara, a woman with a terminal illness who is giving herself five days to decide whether to off herself You might wonder how this could be boring, but it is It s a case of a good premise being ruined by bad storytelling and pedestrian characters.There is detail overload on nothing but drivel Doesn t happen a lot, but even a little is too much Sort of reminds me of the ridiculous Facebook entries I had meatloaf with beans for dinner or Timmy is so proud that he shared his Legos with Miranda or I m off to the gas station I m sorry, but do we really need to spend our precious time reading such embarrassing proclamations The biggest crime is that another even sappier and nap inducing story about a guy with a foster kid competes for air space I felt rudely interrupted every time the book switched to story number two Wouldn t you think that a terminally ill, suicidal woman would be enough And the two characters are held together by a weak thread both belong to an online forum, which is a complete yawn in itself The two characters barely speak online anyway The forum is an empty device used to blend two unblendable stories.The language seems remedial and sophomoric and simpleton ick No zap, as I said earlier And the stilted dialogue made me cringe I kept yelling silently, of course people don t talk that way And there was an especially wince worthy character in the form of a saintly cabbie who transports Mara around His oh golly personality combined with his overly self effacing and simplistic language made him sound like a half wit His embarrassingly awkward oh gosh sentences drove me nuts Here s one Ya havin a cover dish party Looks like you ve got company and they brung dinner What the hell is a cover dish party anyway Is this a common phrase that only I have never heard of In any case, I have trouble believing the cabbie would use it One other dialogue complaint, but this is just my problem The foster dad constantly referred to his foster kid as little man Who knew that a harmless nickname would make me cringe Just hated this cutesy pie endearment If the guy called his kid little man one time, I swear I would have puked.There s one and only one redeeming thing about this book There are poignant descriptions of the episodes where the main character loses and of her abilities, and the psychic pain and embarrassment she endures when they occur Now this was believable and heart wrenching.This book was recommended to me, and the reviews are almost all positive, which both surprises and depresses me I just don t get it It s lonely out here I m waiting for the tomatoes to hit me, though I m gonna duck.My summation I had no connection with the characters Their dilemmas were repeated ad nauseum Horribly simplistic and dull language Two stories when there should have been one Sappy and trite, worse than a Hallmark movie.I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 only because it was a fast read and I was mildly interested in whether she would kill herself The longest five days of my life.

  3. says:

    My Review Have you ever finished a book and needed time to digest it afterwards A book that has made you think A book that has ravaged you emotionally so that you re in shock afterwards This book did that to me.Five Days Left was a glimpse into the private lives of two families as they struggle to come to terms with the fact that there are things in their lives that they cannot control While both story lines were weaved together well, it was Mara s story that was at the forefront Not that Scott s decisions were less important, just different I m glad that his story intersected with Mara s because if the entire story was about her I think it would have been too much for me to bear.Going into the book I thought I had it figured out I knew that it would be an emotional read just from glancing at the book jacket but I didn t predict that it would make me think so much about the two issues that were raised involving suicide and foster parenting My hats off to Ms Lawson Timmer for her ability to make me see both sides of these highly sensitive issues At the end of the book I was left not knowing how I would have handled myself in a similar situations This book made me think and feel And I loved it.In Mara s case, where she s suffering from a debilitating and devastating disease, it had me thinking about what my initial reaction would be if I saw someone stumbling or worse at the food store Would I automatically assume it was due to an incurable disease Or would I assume that the person was drunk How would I have handled the situation if I was in Mara s unfortunate shoes The characters truly brought this book to a whole different level for me They were believable and their relationships to each other were perfectly written I loved Mara s relationship with her parents, her daughter and husband I also loved Laurie s conflicting issues with Scott and how they figured out their future as a family Even the secondary characters, like Mara s parents and Harry, the cabbie, were well fleshed out and felt authentic and important to the story Add into the fact that I loved the author s voice from the beginning and you can see why I got so involved into this book It was riveting from beginning to end.One of the most important things that I will take away from this book is that I was educated on the devastating physical and emotional effects of Huntington s Disease I could feel Mara s humiliation as she struggled with the increasingly embarrassing results of the degenerative disease that was taking over her life I could also understand her desire to not wanting her family to watch her suffer and deal with the pain of caring for all of her needs in the near future But I also didn t want her to end her life Mara s options were portrayed so well that I honestly didn t know what her decision would be until the I finished the book Not everyone will agree with the decisions that were made in this book and that s okay People will react differently to this book and, for that reason, I think that this book would make an excellent choice for a book club I think that everyone who reads this book will be on the edge of their seats wondering what Mara s choice will be because there are no simple answers This was an exceptional book for me but if pressed to give a suggestion to improve it I d have to say that I would have loved to have had the viewpoints of some of the secondary characters like like Laurie and Tom, Mara s husband or even Harry Even if it was only within an epilogue, their input would have helped to give me a better understanding of their struggles and fears.This was an exceptionally good debut from a new Canadian author It was powerful and poignant and covered a lot of emotional ground From biological versus non biological children, sacrifice versus suicide, terminal illness, depending on strangers versus turning to family for emotional support This book has a lot packed into it but I love that the author doesn t try to give the reader the answers Honestly, I don t think there is one definitive answer Instead, Lawson Timmer gives the reader different views of these two emotional decisions and allows them to come up with their own conclusions I think that this is one of the aspects of the book that impressed me the most This was a home run for me The characters were beautifully and realistically portrayed The plot kept me at the edge of my seat as it dealt with serious issues without pity but with sympathy and respect The author s ability to weave two different stories together was seamless and I loved how she incorporated all kinds of family relationships and dynamics And, last but not least, her talent for writing an emotional read to the point when I m crying with a huge lump in my throat and my dog is looking at me like I m crazy is unparalleled Needless to say, I m very eager to see what future literary gems she will produce.Highly recommended My Rating 5 5 stars This book review, as well as hundreds , can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm where I also share tried and true recipes.

  4. says:

    According to Wikipedia Huntington s disease HD is a neurodegenerative genetic disorder that affects muscle coordination and leads to cognitive decline and behavioral symptoms It typically becomes noticeable in mid adult life And after reading Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer, who is a Canadian author, I can t stop myself from penning down the following spectacular and moving poem written by an anonymous boy for his Huntington s stricken mother She tried to hide it,But it didn t take longBefore I began to noticeThat something was wrong.I was still young,So I didn t understandWhat could be causingThe tremors in her handI was confusedAnd I didn t know whyDropping somethingWould cause her to cryIs this my fault Is it something I did I thought it was becauseI was a bad kidYear after yearI saw her get worseIt s painful to watchThe disease takes its courseSometimes she d get snappyShe would be hard to pleaseI had to rememberIt was just the diseaseWhere did my mom go Will she ever be back She s trapped in her bodyAnd it s under attackHer movements are jerkyHer arms are always flailingI cry because I knowHer body is failingNow, she can t walkAnd she struggles to standThe things that she saysI can t understandI admire her courageAnd I will always love herNo matter what happensThere are angels above herI have to be strongI do my best to care for herI love her so muchI will always be there for herMy little sister is 10And I try to keep her protectedI try to keep things normalBut I know she s been affectedI m worried about my sisterOn the outside I m calmBut she needs than I can give herAnd I can t be her momSometimes I feel hopelessI have to get through thisI m scared, and I m not sureHow much longer I can do thisSometimes I wishMy dad were still hereIt s weird how some peopleCan just disappear.I need to stay strongAnd I worry everydayThat someone will comeAnd take my mom awayI wonder what she s thinkingIf she s even awareBut then I look in her eyesI can tell she s still thereI can t ignore the factsBut I wish they weren t true There s a 50% chanceThat I have the gene, tooIn my hands I will getA tingling vibrationIs it a symptom Or just my imagination I try not to worryAbout what s unforeseenI have lots of time I m only fifteen.Sometimes I leaveAnd go out with my friendsBut then I feel guilty.The guilt never ends.If there is a God,Why is he so mean Why curse our familyWith this terrible gene I m sick of this disease,Of all the pain and frustrationIf I test positive, I swearI ll be the last generation.In a life of uncertaintyThere s one thing I m sure One day, some day,There will be a cure I know, I too was moved and touched by this anonymous boy s pain and grief for his mother Julie Lawson Timmer too has channeled the same emotions and pain in her new book, Five Days Left But here we see two stories told parallely by the protagonists, which are equally emotional and heart rending This book is bound to bring out a tear at the corner of your eyes, since in the end, it made me left in tears I was so wishing for a twist a complete turnover of the painful story to a happy ending Alas Huntington s disease is a killer and it has no cure still to this day Synopsis Mara Nichols, a successful lawyer, and devoted wife and adoptive mother, has recently been diagnosed with a terminal disease Scott Coffman, a middle school teacher, has been fostering an eight year old boy while the boy s mother serves a jail sentence Scott and Mara both have five days left until they must say good bye to the ones they love the most Through their stories, Julie Lawson Timmer explores the individual limits of human endurance, the power of relationships, and that sometimes loving someone means holding on, and sometimes it means letting go Two stories, equally powerful one about letting go of someone you love the most and the other of holding on to someone you love the most The author has shed the light of pain and fear of losing someone you love with such brilliance, that the fear and pain will come out from the pages of the book and will grip you till the end of the book The author has even enlightened us with the deadly disease called Huntington s disease and how it can shatter a beautiful life Even she out rules the fact the children are tortured in their foster homes by portraying a marvelous man named Scoot a middle school teacher and foster father to a young boy named, Curtis, who loved Curtis so much that in the end, when it was time for Curtis to leave, it finally shattered his own world with his wife, Laurie Both the families, Mara s and Scott s had five days left to say goodbyes to the ones they loved.The author has not only told her story with profound brilliance, but has also managed to stir up all our emotions in this five days story of Scott and Mara How emotional a human being can react when he she gets to know there is only five days to wrap up their lives I was left touched by Scott s story, becaus in case of Mara, we knew that Huntington s was a killer disease, and she eventually will die at some day, but in case of Scott, it was something so real yet painful and poignant.Both Scott and Mara and their family members Tom, Laurie, Curtis and Laks all turned out to be someone who will strike you as if you happen to know that person in your everyday life Each and every moment of Mara s life from getting diagnosed with Huntington s to stripped down of her dignity in a departmental drug store to finding a friend in a random cab driver named Harry to finding peace within herself and with the disease to accepting the disease, everything has been describe very intricately and with utmost compassion.The author s prose is simple yet subtle, and that makes the whole journey of reading this book easy and comfortable And from the very first page, I got arrested with author s style of smooth narration among her protagonist Verdict A must read for everyone, and you will be amazed to see that how a painful journey of two human beings will leave your heart fill with grief and joy Courtesy I m very thank to the author, Julie Lawson Timmer, for providing me with a copy of her novel, in return for an honest review

  5. says:

    I just finished this book today Read it in just over two days Would have read in one sitting but life always gets in the way Very well written Both subjects very emotional and all characters so very loveable I look forward to from Julie Lawson Timmer

  6. says:

    I bought this book when it first came out in paperback thinking that it might be an interesting read Wow This book hooked me from the start and never let go.Mara is an ambitious attorney, happily married and mother of an adorable, adopted little girl When she slowly realizes that there is something terribly wrong with herself, and gets a disastrous diagnosis, she makes a decision that she may have to leave everyone she loves Scott is a middle school teacher who is fostering a young boy while his mother is in jail In 5 days he will have to return Curtis to her and an unknown future This is breaking his heart, even though his wife is now pregnant with their first child and is ready to just have their own family together The story alternates between the two character s stories, yet they are tied together through an online chat forum where they both anonymously post The story is also divided into 5 parts, each representing each of the 5 days remaining A tension slowly builds as the 5 days count down Will Mara take the drastic step she is planning Will Scott really lose Curtis forever OK, so it s not a spoiler to say that Mara has Huntington s Disease It is disclosed early on in chapter 4 If you ve read Inside the O Briens by Lisa Genova, you know what a debilitating, horrific disease this is Mara doesn t want to burden her family, including her parents, with her care, as the disease progresses The book makes you think what would I do if I were her Would I have the courage or cowardice to do what she wanted to do Which is it courage or cowardice Does she owe it to her husband and daughter to stay or leave Which is best for them For her Throughout the story she vacillates, weighing her options Will she be a burden, or will she be a joy to them How much anguish can love survive Scott deals with some of the same issues, but in a different way What is love what is family If love is hard, should you give up or try harder What do you sacrifice for love Who do you sacrifice for love Who or what is important It is never raised in the story, but Scott and his wife are white, fostering a young black boy, and mentoring his older half brother I love that this story is virtually colorblind in this respect There are so many wonderful characters in this book Mara, Scott, Curtis All are perfectly portrayed Tom, Mara s husband, Laurie, Scott s wife, Lakshmi, Mara s adorable daughter, Neerja and Pori, her parents, and Harry, the irrepressible cab driver are all important and meaningful additions to this story It wouldn t be the same without them and they are indispensable to the arc of the story The book is very well written I was pleasantly surprised by this I was also surprised that this was a debut novel If the quality of the writing keeps up, this is an author I will definitely keep looking for and reading This book is a definite recommend

  7. says:

    I have had this book on my to be read list since December 2015 It finally came in to my library so I was excited to start reading it It actually involves 2 separate stories in this one book One story is very raw and emotional about Huntington s Disease and it sure opened up my eyes about this awful disease The other story was about a foster family and although I didn t care for this part of the story as much as Mara s story, I did end up loving both stories in the end This is my 2nd book I ve read by Julie Lawson Timmer and I enjoyed it very much

  8. says:

    Thank you First Reads for providing me with an advanced reader s copy of Five Days Left Not the most exciting book in the world. I ve got to be honest about that It was sad but not in a way that felt memorable, or especially authentic either More in a way that was just downright depressing I never quite got the connection between, or even the basic reason for, the two rotating story lines I almost felt like it might have made sense for the author to write two entirely different books one about the woman with Huntington s and another about the man with the foster kid The correlation between the two just never translated for me But at the same time, I honestly can see people loving Five Days Left despite whatever flaws I may have found in it.

  9. says:

    Five Days Left is a story that grabs you from the first sentence and stays with you after the last page As I read about Mara s story I found myself constantly wondering and not knowing the answer to what I would do if I were in her position I thought about Scott and his wife and Little Man constantly, wishing they were a way for each one of them to get what they so longed for I found myself appreciating small moments of my days, little quirks I noticed in my family To me that s what good fiction does it doesn t just help you see the world from another person s point of view, it changes yours a little, too A beautiful, haunting story that, for me, is a testament to why kindness is so important, because what s just a regular, routine day for you might be a heartbreaking moment for someone else.

  10. says:

    I m so very happy that I won a copy of this book from Goodreads Firstreads I d definitely say, this is the best book I ve read all summer, so far Julie Lawson Timmer nailed it While reading, you could actually feel how each character felt So many different emotions felt all at once This was a story of sacrifice Emotionally and physically About relationships About love About fear.Timmer s debut has me wanting much from her I can t wait to pass this along to friends so we can discuss It truly is that kind of story that you want to pick up the phone and talk to a friend about Wow Just wow

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