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Mara é uma advogada de sucesso, tem um casamento feliz, é uma mãe dedicada. Tem, também, uma doença 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. São anos maravilhosos mas sobre os quais paira a sombra da sua decisão aquando do diagnóstico: viverá enquanto puder manter-se diMara é uma advogada de sucesso, tem um casamento feliz, é uma mãe dedicada. Tem, também, uma doença 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. São anos maravilhosos mas sobre os quais paira a sombra da sua decisão aquando do diagnóstico: viverá enquanto puder manter-se digna. Agora que o seu corpo está finalmente a ceder, Mara estabelece um doloroso prazo: dentro de cinco dias, acabará com a sua própria vida.A mais de mil quilómetros de distância, Scott tem também apenas cinco dias para cuidar de Curtis, um menino que acolheu em sua casa e que será agora novamente entregue à mãe, que está prestes a terminar uma pena de prisão. Foi com Scott que Curtis conheceu a estabilidade e o amor e desfrutou plenamente da infância pela primeira vez. O que o espera é uma angustiante incógnita. Para proteger Curtis, Scott tem agora de abdicar dele para sempre.Mara e Scott são duas pessoas em contagem decrescente. Inesperadamente, as suas vidas vão cruzar-se e unir-se numa amizade que os acompanhará ao longo da semana mais difícil das suas vidas. E, no final dessa dura semana, qual deles estará feliz? Qual estará de luto? E qual deles terá desaparecido para sempre?...

Title : Cinco Dias de Vida
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ISBN : 9789892328898
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Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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Cinco Dias de Vida Reviews

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2019-02-04 09:40

    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

  • Debbie
    2019-01-30 07:33

    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 more 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 more and more 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.

  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    2019-02-10 13:26

    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 more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm ( where I also share tried and true recipes. **

  • Aditi
    2019-02-04 13:23

    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 more 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 more 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 more 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.

  • Deanna
    2019-02-14 13:21

    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 more from Julie Lawson Timmer!

  • Sherri Thacker
    2019-02-12 15:29

    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!

  • Laura
    2019-01-26 09:36

    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 more 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.

  • Natalia Sylvester
    2019-02-02 11:31

    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.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-06 11:38

    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 more 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!!

  • Lori Spielman
    2019-01-21 11:20

    I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of this beautiful novel. I say pleasure, though I can't remember the last time a book made me cry so hard. Julie Lawson Timmer brilliantly interweaves two tales of heartbreak and human endurance, creating a deeply moving, unforgettable story that’s impossible to put down. Five Days Left is a lesson in compassion and grace--begging the question, "Would I have enough compassion to spare those I love?" Thought-provoking and controversial, book clubs will devour this one. An extraordinary debut and an absolute must-read.

  • Rhiannon Johnson
    2019-02-09 13:29

    I've said before that I never wanted to suffer through a degenerative disease and have discussed end of life arrangements with my family but it still never seems "real." While reading this novel, I really felt the desperation of Mara. Her body is slowly betraying her and she must decide whether to end her own life or continue to deteriorate to a point where she will no longer be able to make that decision for herself. The second storyline of Scott's makes me consider another hypothetical situation, fostering a child. I have considered fostering a child before but have personally decided that is not something I think I could do. Scott is a perfect foster father and now a year later, he's counting down the last days he gets to spend with Little Man. This book made my heart hurt in the most delightful way. Julie Lawson Timmer gave just the right responses to situations the characters were in. There is nothing worse than reading about characters saying or doing things in highly emotional situations that are either outlandish or by-the-book. This would be a great book club choice, as it would allow the discussion of suicides, degenerative diseases, class divisions, adoption, fostering, and responsibilities.** I received this book in exchange for an honest review **

  • Mary Kubica
    2019-02-15 15:36

    A stunning debut! Imagine you have five days left to decide whether or not to take your own life before a horrible disease known as Huntington's does it for you. Imagine you are a devoted foster parents to a young boy who - in five days - will return to his mother. FIVE DAYS LEFT follows the lives of two families as they explore the ins and outs of these five days, while examining how they came to be in these positions in life. It is a beautiful book, a wonderful testament to one's own willpower, their love and devotion, hopes and fears - and will make any reader stop and think what they would do if they were in Mara or Scott's shoes. Be sure to have tissue ready for this one - it's a tear jerker! I'm looking forward to reading many more novels by Julie Lawson Timmer.

  • Kats
    2019-01-21 07:38

    A clear and clever structure to an extremely emotional read. As the countdown to these two people's last "Five Days" started, I felt myself becoming more and more invested in their and their loved ones' lives and barely managed to hold back the tears. A good book for me to listen to whilst I'm in hospital having (partially prophylactic) surgery for a treatable cancer. It certainly makes me feel lucky that I'm not trying to live (or make a quick but dignified exit from) a hard life with an incurable disease such as Huntington's. A bit of perspective for me at the right time.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-05 10:23

    "Five Days Left" a contemplative reflection of Mara, a young lawyer who is challenged by a recent diagnosis of Huntington's Disease; and Scott, a school teacher who is a foster parent to Curtis, an eight year old boy, who has only five days left in his care; before returning to his biological mother. This well written debut novel is authored by Julie Lawson Timmer. Many thanks and appreciation to Amy Einhorn Books for the ARC of this book for review, and for sponsoring the Goodread Giveaways.The decline and symptoms of Huntington's Disease (HD) was thoughtfully and carefully written. Before reading this I didn't know that much about this genetic neogenerative disease defined by withering movements called Chorea, also having a noticeable cognitive and behavioral decline, symptoms usually appear between the ages of 35 to 44. Full time care is needed in the advanced stages, there is no cure. Mara, fiercely independent and proud, was deeply humiliated by her rapid decline, secretly visited a care facility, and decided she could not burden her family with her affliction of HD. These decisions are debated on many humanitarian levels. Timmer relates Mara's dilemma to readers in a deeply emotional, compassionate, caring manner.The need for foster parents to maintain a level of emotional distance, as they care for kids deeply damaged by parents unable to properly care them is a questioning theme. This detachment principle is unrealistic for some foster parents. The love and support foster children receive in foster care is vital to healthy growth and development. Even with Scott and his wife Laurie's impending parenthood, the birth of their child would be soon, they both struggled tremendously with letting Curtis go, his presence in their lives was irreplaceable.Julie Timmer is from Stratford, Ontario, earning her BA in Canada. She earned a law degree in the US and works as legal counsel for an automotive supplier. She lives in Ann Harbor, MI with her husband and family.

  • Anna
    2019-01-19 08:21

    I vacillated between whether I liked or disliked Mara and Scott. Mara has Huntington's Disease and her future is bleak. Scott and his wife have taken in a young boy, Curtis, for a year while his mother is in jail. Mara plans to end her life, and Scott wants to keep the boy. For each there were moments of unconditional love, but also many instances of selfishness. Is Mara's family truely better off without her? Is her choice for them, or for herself? What would I choose? For Scott, I understood his deep love and affection for Curtis, but found in his feelings and actions towards his wife and unborn child a sense of indifference. Overall, a good story that makes you think and explores the many aspects of love.

  • Suzanne
    2019-01-18 14:45

    I couldn't get past the assumptions regarding adopted and/or foster children that were voiced in the book. I don't agree that it's "better that children be with their biological parents" as a hard fact. I was adopted and thank God everyday that I was. I have gone onto to have children and grandchildren. I would not be who I am today without my Mom and Dad who adopted, loved and raised me

  • Ionia
    2019-02-12 13:26

    This is not one of those books that I want to run around yelling to everyone that they should read. It isn't a bad book, but rather an emotional one where the characters spend a lot of time reflecting on their own lives, the choices they have and will make and ultimately, it is kind of sad. Still, the author put a lot of effort into creating characters that anyone could identify with and feel something for, and I was glad I read this book. I learned a lot about a disease that I formerly knew little if anything about. I came away with a sense of being better informed, even though this novel is fictional. I had mixed emotions about this book. For the most part it was clean writing, other than some repeat phrases, and the story made perfect sense. Watching the world of the characters crumble was difficult to handle, wishing the entire time that life was not so cruel. The author achieved her goal of making the reader feel something, and yet I wasn't sure I "enjoyed" reading this book. At times it made me feel rather hopeless. This is a book that I think some people will love and others (those who enjoy more lighthearted fiction) will not like as much. I'd recommend it if you enjoy stories that come from the heart, but are not all sunshine and daisies. I think Julie Lawson Timmer has a lot to offer the writing world and look forward to seeing what else she comes up with. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and was provided through Netgalley.

  • Mary Kenyon
    2019-02-07 14:44

    There should be a warning label on this book: Do not read if you have a debilitating illness because by book's end, suicide looks like the intelligent, loving choice in that type of situation. I couldn't put the book down, it's true, which means the author is an excellent writer, but there is much to be said for using that ability for good, not evil. And yet. The character does admit she has held no beliefs in God or a hereafter, so why not? Why not kill yourself? The husband and the daughter left behind who had no choice in loving her, the mother and father who will be there to the end. The two good friends who would support them all. I could go on and on in my reaction to this book but the bottom line is that I couldn't help but feel the author had some agenda in writing this book: a take on why suicide might be a valid answer in a situation like this. In the end notes the author thanks the doctors, the social workers, the editors, and in the book the character views a family (a single family with surly teenagers!) in a nursing home situation in order to make her final decision. One has to wonder...did she talk to ANY families who have cared for a loved one? Wouldn't someone making such a decision in their life, fictional or not, talk to SOMEONE who was caring for, or had cared for a loved one with the same illness, rather than just observing one single unknown family, who may or may not have had said surly teenagers before the illness?? That single omission just didn't ring "true" for an astute, intelligent lawyer making a life-changing (and life-ending) decision.

  • Danique
    2019-01-24 13:26

    Huilen dit. Wat een krachtig verhaal

  • Carla Faleiro
    2019-02-04 13:28

    Duas estorias paralelas, dramaticas, cada uma à sua maneira.Um livro triste, que nos dá tanto que pensar...

  • Evie
    2019-02-13 15:43

    Honest, thoughtful, bold and beautifully tragic, Five Days Left is a story of impossible goodbyes, heartbreak, love and loss, and learning to let go. The story of life and death, relationships, bonds and choices. Profoundly affecting, memorable and insightful, this book made a huge impression on me and I know I won't be able to get it out of my head for a very long time.The story follows two plot lines that, though separate from each other and dealing with different subject matter, are also connected at the core and intertwined in many ways. First we have Mara, a hugely successful workaholic lawyer and an adoptive mother to Lakshmi, who one day discovers she has Huntington's Disease. Mara has always strived to be independent. She worked hard to achieve hear carrier goals and was just as dedicated to her job, as she was to her husband and daughter, possibly even more. For Mara, being a burden to her family is the worst fate she can imagine, and so she made a promise to herself that when her symptoms get worse, she'll say goodbye to her loved ones and will end her life on her own terms.Then there's Scott. Scott is a foster parent to a young boy removed from unsafe and unfit environment. He's also a soon-to-be father to a baby girl. Scott has a bit of a "savior complex" according to his wife, he works with troubled children and is very passionate about what he does. Maybe a bit too passionate, too dedicated and too engaged in it all. His time with the boy he and his wife took in is coming to an end, though. The boy's mother is coming out of jail and she is taking the boy back.Both Mara and Scott have five days left. Five days with their loved ones. Five days to say their goodbyes. Five days to let go. Oh, what a great read this way! Parts of the story made me want to cry, other parts made me very uneasy, even scared and paralyzed with anxiety. The writing was very powerful. The observations and thoughts about life, love, family, and the meaning of it all - they all hit too close to home, making me consider and re-evaluate my own life, appreciate what I have and wonder what I'd do if something like this ever happened to me, or someone close to me. This was an eye-opening read for me. One that made me stop and think, but also one that filled my heart with all these overflowing emotions, hopes and fears. Fears, most of all, for sure. Some passages describing Mara's feelings and thoughts, and how she came to decide she'd rather end her life while still in control of it, rather than slowly wither away, stripped off of all her dignity, independence and freedom, these passages, they were so realistically drawn, they made me flinch and choke up. Mara's desperation, pain, anger, fear, humiliation, and a thousand other emotions she experiences in her last days, were all palpable and deeply penetrating. And they weighed heavy on my heart. Her story is a heartbreaking one but not one I'm completely unfamiliar with. Having witnessed Alzheimer's Disease first hand as a child, having watched my grand grandma's mind slip away before her body did, I can tell you the fear of hereditary diseases is very real and very overwhelming. They affect everyone in the family, not just the person who is dying. And the aftermath can be just as terrible as the sickness itself. I don't have to imagine a situation like the one described in Five Days Left, I've lived through one similar enough to tell you the author did a phenomenal job translating the feelings and making the characters so real, they become your extended family. In many ways, this book was too realistic, too powerful, too spot-on for me to read without having to pause and remind myself that it's "just fiction".Mara's story was the one that affected me the most, though Scott and everything he went through was equally moving and gut wrenching. I'm a mom myself, and so I had no trouble relating to his situation. His desire to make his Little Man happy, to provide for him and make sure he had everything he needed, is something I, as a parent, know all too well. It was painful to read about the kid having to go back to his mother, who may or may not have been ready to actually take care of her own child. It was also very confusing, because as much as I wanted Scott to be able to keep the little boy and create a happy, healthy family for him, I also felt the kid needed his mother and I really needed her to be the mother she should have been all along. I needed to know the kid would be fine and no harm would come to him after going back home. I really wanted a happy ending for him. This has been a very emotional read for me. A journey that changed my life a bit. An experience I will treasure for always. And while I can't promise you will feel the same about Five Days Left, I can certainly promise you this is a book worth adding to your reading pile. It's a mature and heart wrecking read, yes, but it's also just a very well written, captivating story about how sometimes love means letting go, how in some cases holding on can do more harm than good, and how deciding what is better is a journey in itself.

  • Judy Collins
    2019-01-20 08:15

    A special thank you to "First to Read" Penguin Books for an ARC, in exchange for an honest review.Julie Lawson Timmer’s powerful debut novel, FIVE DAYS LEFT, an emotional, bittersweet and poignant portrayal of two different individuals and families, linked only by an online forum, both struggling with uncontrollable and gripping circumstances;insurmountable, each wrapped with deep emotion, and affliction, while facing fear and the ultimate sacrifice for those they love, and hold dear to their hearts. Set in Texas, Mara Nichols, (LaksMama-online name) forty-two, a successful lawyer, was adopted and unfortunately, received nothing from her biological except one nasty genetic non-curable disease, HD(discovered four years ago). Presently, she is strugglingraising her own adoptive five year old daughter, Laks with her supportive and lovable husband, Tom, a successful dermatologist. Two motivated people who love the other to the edges of the universe and back. Two people motivated so strongly by love for the other that either of them would do anything for the other’s sake. As the symptoms increase and worsen, knowing there is no cure, she begins questioning her future as well as those she loves, and how the devastating disease controls everything and affects everyone around her. How can she allow her husband and daughter to be burdened with her care, distressed, and embarrassed by her condition? Mara decides to use her upcoming birthday, in five days as the date, for the final choice. “Gradual decrease in ability to perform daily activities such as work, driving, forgetfulness, eventual inability to walk, depression, anxiety, mood swings, personality changes, involuntary movements of face, body and limbs, unable to speak, swallow, perform, self-care, completely dependent on others in late stages; wheelchair, nursing home, feeding tube, limited awareness of surroundings, inability to speak, may not recognize family members; life expectancy ten to fifteen years after onset of symptoms, no effective treatment to slow progression of brain cell death. Fatal. No cure.”For the past five years,Mara has chatted a few minutes almost daily with her fellow forum members, about nontraditional parenting arrangements and so much more—Friendship. With a few members she had ventured beyond group discussion and into the private world of personal messaging.This is where the two souls connect, nameless and only known by their online names.Scott Coffman, (MotorCity-online name) altruistic middle school teacher has been fostering, Curtis, an eight year-old boy while the mother serves a jail sentence. In five days his time will be up, and the boy he loves desperately will be returned to his mother, in a less than desirable and unhealthy environment. He and his wife, Laurie (who is expecting) desperately make plans for the last week of time with their foster son. However, at the last minute the social worker says they have to return him early. What comes thereafter is another life altering decision. As a secondary character(yet powerful) part of the story, is Harry. Harry is a cab driver, and spends a great deal of time with Mara, since she is not able to drive. The common bond of two troubled souls will bring tears to your eyes, with this breathtaking story of loss and love. As the five day countdown gets closer, emotions run high and intense, testing the individual limits of human endurance, for a spellbinding story of ultimate love. From detailed descriptions, to raw intense emotions as Mara is slowly stripped of her dignity and independence, the humiliation, interactions and havoc created with family members, the pain, grief, and incredible research into this disease, and the emotional fall out-- Timmer skillfully creates well-drawn characters, actions, suspense, and beautifully written letters which will grab you, warming your soul as you grieve for these characters.(The kitchen, car, and bathroom scenes--award-winning performance)! An extraordinary, compelling, and moving debut novel,written with compassion, insight, and sensitivity – a winner out of the gate!I think it is time for Julie to give up her day job, as I see "bestseller" written all over FIVE DAYS LEFT and many more to come! Fans of Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Weiner, Diane Chamberlain, Lisa Genova, Kristin Hannah, Amy Hatvany, and Nicholas Sparks will devour, making for an ideal novel for book clubs and discussions! Judith D. Collins Must Read BooksTOP 30 BOOKS OF 2014 Look forUntetheredComing Jun 7, 2016.

  • Lorrie
    2019-02-01 09:26

    I have mixed feelings on this book. On the one hand, the subject matter was a difficult one for an author to tackle and I commend her for her efforts. This is a story about an individual's right to end her life early after having been diagnosed with Huntington's Disease. This is a disease I didn't know much about, so I learned about what an awful, debilitating disease this is. I felt for the main character, Mara. But at the same time, I didn't like her. I thought she was crude and abrasive at times. I recognize the disease played a part in her attitude, but it was difficult to comprehend her seemingly uncaring approach to her loved ones. She kept saying she was planning her suicide "for them", but was she really? Her husband, daughter, parents and 2 best friends clearly loved her very much and, no doubt, were devastated by her death. The reader doesn't find this out, as her death ends the book and I didn't like this. The author needed to deal with the aftermath of this choice.As for Scott, why was his story interwoven with hers in this book? It was unnecessary IMO and really took away from the story of Mara. I know Scott and Mara occasionally conversed on an online forum, but that's where the correlation ends. The author should've focused more time on Mara and, if she felt inclined, should've written a separate book on Scott's story.It was a decent read, but I had issues with the main character's personality, the intermingling of 2 very different stories in one book and the ending.

  • Cindy
    2019-02-10 14:20

    Five Days Left is an emotional and touching story about life and death and the sacrifices that are made for the sake of ones family and relationships. There are two plot lines--two different journeys that are totally separate yet connected and intertwined. The story of Mara is sad and heart wrenching as she goes from a healthy and strong woman to a woman who discovers she has a fatal disease and needs to rely on the help of family and friends. Mara has a loving and wonderful husband and a beautiful adopted daughter. Mara does not want to be a burden to her family so she makes a promise to herself that when the symptoms worsen she will end her life on her own terms. This will spare her family and herself the pain, anguish and humiliation of this terrible disease. The story of Scott is also a heartbreaker. Scott is a foster parent to Curtis while the mother is serving a jail sentence and big brother is fulfilling his college dreams. Scott loves his wife who is pregnant with his first child. He also loves Curtis who eventually will be reunited with his mother. Both Mara and Scott have 5 days left to come to terms with a decision and say their final goodbyes. I was on a journey with these two people knowing perfectly well that I may not like the outcome! I thought this was an amazing debut novel. Dark and thought-provoking yet filled with hope and love. I look forward to reading more novels by this new author. I won this book from LibraryThing. 3.5 stars

  • Laura Kay Bolin
    2019-01-19 13:31 is a tough story. A mother, Mara, who is losing control of her life due to Huntington’s Disease and contemplating ending her life to save her husband and young daughter from having to see her digress more and more. Then there is Scott, a soon to be father who has taken temporary custody of a troubled young boy only to have to have return him to his mother soon. Neither of these topics are light and fluffy. This is a bold and thoughtful story that is honest in telling the story of these two people and their families. Julie Lawson Timmer is extremely talented in the care she takes in dealing with these tough topics. I loved that there was two separate plot lines that were connected only through an anonymous on line support community. Although each character was fighting their own battle, their own way, they were strangely tied together. I was cheering for each one throughout the entire story. There were also many times I was in tears, scared for where the story was heading. This was a very emotional story.I could not stop reading. I wish I had read this with my book club as I can already here the conversations that we would be having and the heated discussions that would happen. Five Days Left is not a book that I will forget about anytime soon.

  • Trisha
    2019-02-04 08:16

    I finished this book last night & it is the kind of book that you just need to absorb a little bit before reviewing! I also figured out quickly it is the type of story you want to read curled up in bed, where the tears can flow freely & not in public!! I can't believe this is a debut novel, it really touched me. It alternates between 2 stories & I found myself very emotional about both, but more so Mara`s. It all felt very real to me & made me really think about what I would do if I were in either of those situations, I just can't imagine. It made me appreciate my own husband & life and made me want to hug my own kids a little tighter. I really liked how they connected the 2 totally different stories and was glad that one of them had a happy ending, but also haven't cried that hard at the end of a book in a while.

  • Nathalie Bakelandt
    2019-02-16 07:38

    Emotioneel heeft dit boek mij geraakt tot in het diepste van mijn ziel. Het kruipt onder je huid! Teder en mooi geschreven!

  • Tamara
    2019-02-02 13:17

    Review originally posted:Traveling With TThis book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.Five Days LeftWe all know that we are going to die one day- but for Mara- she has decided the when and how. Mara has been diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease- and wishes to pass away before the disease progresses to a point that she has no control over her body. With five days left before her deadline, Mara begins to consider things. Can she leave her husband and her daughter? Her mother and father? Is staying alive- but eventually being a shell of her former self- worth the extra days and weeks, possibly months she would get to be a mother, a wife, a lover, a daughter? As the five days dwindle, Mara takes what she knows, what she suspects and tries to imagine life- wondering which life will be the best; not for her- but for her husband and child. Is it better to leave on your own terms or to stay and worry that one day your child and husband will feel burdened by you?Scott, a man that Mara knows only through an internet support forum for people who adopt/foster children, also has five days left. He does not have Huntington’s- he has been the caretaker for the past year of a little boy- a boy, that in five days, will return to his mother. Scott is heartbroken at the fact over Curtis having to return to his mother- and yet knows that the boy reuniting with his mother is in Curtis’s best interest. As Curtis and Scott’s days come to an end- Scott questions everything he knows about fatherhood, about being an advocate for children- and what really is the best for a child- a biological family or a family that is pieced together out of a desire to help a child?Mara and Scott have never spoken a word to each other, they don’t even know each other in real life- but each provide a role in the others life- and provide support in their five days left.Traveling With T’s Thoughts:Julie Lawson Timmer’s debut is a heart-tugging emotional mess of a book. And I mean that in the best way possible. This book will have you thinking about things that are very unpleasant- death, leaving behind your family, giving up the perfect life for the imperfect family situation.It’s not an easy read by any means. FIVE DAYS LEFT will make you cry, make you feel the emotions- anger & sadness. Reading Mara’s situation- knowing how her life will turn out- will tug at your heartstrings for that girl, for her husband, for what life will not have time to be. Scott’s situation is sad- although maybe not quite as heartbreaking as Mara’s. It does have it’s heart-wrenching moments, but it’s on a different level than the Mara situation.It took me over a week to read this- I would start reading, then cry for a bit or just get the emotional blah’s and have to put the book down. The emotion that Julie Lawson Timmer will make you feel as you read FIVE DAYS LEFT is crazy powerful. The research that Julie put into Huntington’s Disease to explain what was happening to Mara, to paint the picture of a woman who is suffering from a degenerative disease is incredible.FIVE DAYS LEFT is a book to read- book clubs will have much to discuss with Scott and Mara’s situation. Be sure to have plenty of tissues around- emotions will be running high during a discussion of this book.*Traveling With T received a copy of FIVE DAYS LEFT from a publicist at Putnam Books for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,T @ Traveling With T

  • Jil
    2019-02-13 10:16

    Ik werd erg meegenomen in de emoties in dit boek. Wat een ontwikkelingen en daarmee, ook al zijn de onderwerpen niet leuk, voor mij een bijzonder/prachtig boek. Ook door geroerd en dat maak ik niet snel mee.

  • Kelly Hager
    2019-01-29 09:41

    For the most part, I absolutely loved this book. I thought it was incredibly well-written and I loved the plot (with its questions of what I would do if I had a terminal illness and knew the decline was starting to get faster and what I would do if I thought I was going to have to lose someone that I had raised for a year). This is a fantastic book, one that I genuinely think people should read. (And it's ideal for book clubs.)And then there was this: Mara says she believes that, because her daughter is adopted, she won't be completely devastated when she's gone. She believes that she is essentially just a replacement for her daughter's biological mom and that means that when her husband eventually remarries, her daughter will probably be fine with it because the stepmom will be a replacement for the replacement.I obviously get that Mara is saying that because it's what she wants to believe. She wants to believe that her daughter will be okay, so that she can kill herself with as little guilt as possible. She doesn't really mean it; she's just saying it because it's the only way she can justify it.And yet.I'm adopted and my dad died when I was in high school. There was no part of me that thought, "Well, at least I still have my real dad, somewhere out in the world." My real dad is the guy that raised me, and I don't care that we aren't related by blood. I love my maternal biological family and I treasure my relationship with them, but it's not the same as the relationship I had with my dad or that I have with my mom and the rest of my family. And even though I get that Mara was just trying to tell all the lies she had to tell to be able to continue on, I resent everything that she said.But that's one paragraph in an otherwise amazing story. I still recommend it.