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What Was Left by Eleanor Limprecht

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October 2013, no. 355
What Was Left

What Was Left

by Eleanor Limprecht

Sleepers Publishing, $24.95 pb, 255 pp, 9780987507075

What Was Left by Eleanor Limprecht

Reviewed by
October 2013, no. 355

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?’

What Was Left

What Was Left

by Eleanor Limprecht

Sleepers Publishing, $24.95 pb, 255 pp, 9780987507075