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Leave Myself Behind

Unabridged   10 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/11/2023

Leave Myself Behind

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696611343


Starting a new life with his legendary psycho-poet mother in a sleepy New England town, seventeen-year-old Noah York uncovers clues to an age-old mystery in the walls of their old Victorian home, while falling in love with the boy next door, a relationship that sends shockwaves throughout the town.

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Meet seventeen-year-old Noah York, the narrator of Bart Yates's astonishing debut novel. With a mouth like a truck driver and eyes that see through the lies of the world, Noah is heading into a life that's only getting more complicated by the day.

His dead father is fading into a snapshot memory. His mother, the famous psycho-poet, has relocated them from Chicago to a rural New England town that looks like a bad advertisement for small-town America. He can't seem to start a sentence without using the "f" word. And now, the very house he lives in is coming apart at the seams—literally—torn down bit by bit as he and his mother renovate the old Victorian. But deep within the walls lie secrets from a previous life—mason jars stuffed with bits of clothing, scraps of writing, old photographs—clues to the mysterious existence of a woman who disappeared decades before. While his mother grows more obsessed and unsettled by the discovery of these homemade reliquaries, Noah fights his own troubling obsession with the boy next door, the enigmatic J.D.

Part Portnoy, part Holden Caufield, Noah York is a touching and unforgettable character. His story is one of hope and heartbreak, love and redemption, of holding on to old wounds when new skin is what's needed, and of the power of growing up whole once every secret has been set free.


"[Halstead's] portrayal of Noah is so authentic and convincing that you can so easily visualize the character . . . Halstead uses a convincing tone of sarcasm mixed with underlying humor that brings Noah fully to life." —Audiobook Fanatic

Author Bio

Bart Yates is the Alex Award–winning author of novels including Leave Myself Behind, The Brothers Bishop, and The Third Hill North of Town, written as Noah Bly. He is also a musician, and plays clarinet, saxophone, and bass guitar. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa, and can be found online at bartyates.com.