While I Was Gone

While I Was Gone

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A decade ago she put a face on every mother's worst nightmare with her phenomenal best-sellerThe Good Mother.Now, Sue Miller delivers a spellbinding novel of love and betrayal that explores what it means to be a good wife. In the summer of 1968, Jo Becker ran out on the marriage and the life her parents wanted for her, and escaped--for one beautiful, idyllic year--into a life that was bohemian and romantic, living under an assumed name in a rambling group house in Cambridge. It was a time of limitless possibility, but it ended in a single instant when Jo returned home one night to find her best friend lying dead in a pool of blood on the living room floor.   Now Jo has everything she's ever wanted: a veterinary practice she loves, a devoted husband, three grown daughters, a beautiful Massachusetts farmhouse. And if occasionally she feels a stranger to herself and wonders what happened to the freedom she once felt, or how she came to be the wife, mother, and doctor her neighbors know and trust--if at times she feels as if her whole life is vanishing behind her as she's living it--she need only look at her daughters or her husband, Daniel, to recall the satisfactions of family and community and marriage. But when an old housemate settles in her small town, the fabric of Jo's life begins to unravel: seduced again by the enticing possibility of another self and another life, she begins a dangerous flirtation that returns her to the darkest moment of her past and imperils all she loves. While I Was Goneis an exquisitely suspenseful novel about how quickly and casually a marriage can be destroyed, how a good wife can find herself placing all she holds dear at risk. In expert strokes, Sue Miller captures the precariousness of even the strongest ties, the ease with which we abandon each other, and our need to be forgiven. An extraordinary book, her best, from a beloved American writer.
Publisher: New York : Knopf ; 2000, c1999.
ISBN: 9780375411786
037541178X
Characteristics: 265 p. ;,25 cm.

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Lexxuss3o
Oct 07, 2016

Well, without spoiling anything, While I Was Gone was an immediate attention grabber, well written, and who wouldn't want to run into an "old friend" from our younger past, from our younger self, of who we are not today.

Anyways, i "anticipated" what was to come, which is very disappointing, and the end, well, let's just say I became disappointed in the ending. The last three (3) chapters i had to push myself to get through, and wanted to shake and slap "Jo". (lol)

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photogrrlkp
Jul 30, 2012

This book grabbed my attention from the start and I couldn't put it down, but about halfway through the story sort of fizzled out and I had to force myself to finish it. Well-written, but definitely more of a story of self-reflection than a mystery/crime story it showed potential of becoming, which was the aspect I found interesting.

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HopeButterfly
Jun 24, 2012

Interesting read. It got me reading another Sue Miller book.

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cooljene
Oct 30, 2010

A nice slow reading book if you're busy and can't read it everyday.

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westiestimestwo
Jul 28, 2010

didn't care for it!

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jbeckber
Aug 14, 2008

I really liked this book. Not sure if it was the first or second Sue Miller book I read, but it really touched me with the ties into motherhood, being a wife, and managing a career. Also made me think of how I can be present in my life more.

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