What Was Left

What Was Left

What Was Left

by Eleanor Limprecht

Sleepers Publishing, $24.95 pb, 255 pp, 9780987507075

Our instinctual reaction to parents who leave their children is one of suspicion. ‘Child abandonment’ elicits such images as a swaddled foundling in the woods, a parent in a train station losing hold of her child’s hand and disappearing into the crowd, or an anonymous baby hatch in a hospital. The presumption is that a mother (fathers are usually spared this judgement) abandons her child because of some shortcoming: poverty, selfishness, capriciousness. Eleanor Limprecht was prompted to write this novel by a newspaper headline at the time of the birth of her first child when a baby was abandoned at Dandenong Hospital. It asked, ‘How Could She?’

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Published in October 2013 no. 355
Milly Main

Milly Main

Milly Main is a New York City-based writer and editor, originally hailing from Perth, WA. She was the 2012 ABR Ian Potter Foundation Editorial Intern.

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