Early Leaving : From the critically acclaimed author of "The Slow Way Back" comes this piercingly honest, stunning portrait of a mother whose overwhelming love has dark repercussions for her only child. Kathryne has devoted her life to her only child. She has made herself present in his every activity, every decision, every move, in hopes of protecting him. But it may just be this powerful force that sends her son spiraling in the opposite direction. He faces sentencing for killing another teenager.