With or Without You

With or Without You


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“Leavitt has crafted an irresistible portrait of midlife ennui and the magic of breaking free.”

With or Without You is a moving novel about twists of fate, the shifting terrain of love, and coming into your own. With tenderness and incisive insight, Leavitt spotlights a woman's unexpected journey towards her art.” —Madeline Miller, author of Circe

A Best Book of the Month: Bustle PopSugar 

New York Times bestselling author Caroline Leavitt writes novels that expertly explore the struggles and conflicts that people face in their search for happiness. For the characters in With or Without You, it seems at first that such happiness can come only at someone else’s expense. Stella is a nurse who has long suppressed her own needs and desires to nurture the dreams of her partner, Simon, the bass player for a rock band that has started to lose its edge. But when Stella gets unexpectedly ill and falls into a coma just as Simon is preparing to fly with his band to Los Angeles for a gig that could revive his career, Simon must learn the meaning of sacrifice, while Stella’s best friend, Libby, a doctor who treats Stella, must also make a difficult choice as the coma wears on.

When Stella at last awakes from her two-month sleep, she emerges into a striking new reality where Simon and Libby have formed an intense bond, and where she discovers that she has acquired a startling artistic talent of her own: the ability to draw portraits of people in which she captures their innermost feelings and desires. Stella’s whole identity, but also her role in her relationships, has been scrambled, and she has the chance to form a new life, one she hadn’t even realized she wanted. 

A story of love, loyalty, loss, and resilience, With or Without You is a page-turner that asks the question, What do we owe the other people in our lives, and when does the cost become too great?

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    With or Without You Reviews

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    This is sad, astonishing, intense and realistic story about life, death, choices we made, opportunities, paths we get to shape up our lives! This is about heartbreak, loneliness, self-discovery, insec...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Audiobook...read by the long-time-gifted voice narrator, Julia WhealanBetween the seamlessly, provocative, and suspenseful written words and the prognosticating experience of how incredibly addicting ...

  • Larry H

    Caroline Leavitt's new novel, With or Without You , is gorgeous, emotional, and thought-provoking.“Any moment, something amazing can happen.”Stella and Simon have been together for years. Stell...

  • Brandice

    In With or Without You, Stella and Simon have been together for years — Simon, a musician about to go to LA for a shot at making it big with his band, Stella, a nurse who has supported Simon’s mus...

  • Camilla

    A solid and unique piece of fiction. I requested With or Without You on Edelweiss because the description reminded me of Blue Valentine (2010), my favorite movie.Stella and Simon have been together f...

  • Lisa

    In search of a light novel, I picked up and abandoned three books before being drawn in to With or Without You, about Stella and Simon grappling with the the direction of their 20 year relationship. W...

  • Amy Imogene Reads

    4.5 starsThis is the last kind of story that I would have pegged as hopeful. And joyful. And yet it was. Writing: ★★★★★Characters: ★★★★★Pacing: ★★★★This isn't the kind of l...

  • Denise

    This book was a breath of fresh air and nice break from my usual choices of dark thrillers and heavy historical fiction. I have been a huge fan of Caroline Leavitt after meeting her when she spoke on ...

  • Elizabeth

    Caroline Leavitt's writing is so beautiful that I've always purchased her novels and With or Without you is no exception as I preordered it about ten percent in to the ARC. It's about a woman in Manha...

  • Diane S ?

    Thoughts soon....