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While I Was Gone

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ISBN13: 9780345435002
ISBN10: 0345435001
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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.

Synopsis:

“Riveting . . . While I Was Gone [celebrates] what is impulsive in human nature.”

–The New York Times

“Miller weaves her themes of secrecy, betrayal, and forgiveness into a narrative that shines.”

–Time

Jo Becker has every reason to be content. She has three dynamic daughters, a loving marriage, and a rewarding career. But she feels a sense of unease. Then an old housemate reappears, sending Jo back to a distant past when she lived in a communal house in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Drawn deeper into her memories of that fateful summer in 1968, Jo begins to obsess about the person she once was. As she is pulled farther from her present life, her husband, and her world, Jo struggles against becoming enveloped by her past and its dark secret.

“[While I Was Gone] swoops gracefully between the past and the present, between a womans complex feelings about her husband and her equally complex fantasies–and fears–about another man. . . . [Miller writes] well about the trials of faith.”

–The New York Times Book Review

“Quietly gripping . . . Jo shines steadily as the flawed and thoroughly modern heroine. As in her 1986 novel, The Good Mother, Miller shows how impulses can fracture the family.”

–USA Today

“Marvelous . . . poignant . . . powerful.”

–Seattle Times/Post Intelligencer

About the Author

Sue Miller is the bestselling author of The God Mother, Inventing the Abbotts, Family Pitctures, For Love, and The Distinguished Guest.  She lives in Boston.

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Little Nan, September 27, 2011 (view all comments by Little Nan)
Jo Becker has it all -- wonderful daughters to be proud of, a good marriage and fulfilling career as a veterinarian, but there is something missing. She looks back on her past life and the freedom she once enjoyed. Yet she is afraid to disclose the secrets of her life, back before she met her husband. Then one day, she runs into a former roommate from her past life. Thus begins the spiraling of her life out of control as events threaten to turn her life upside down and rock the very foundation of her marriage. This book is well written as the author holds your attention by creating mounting suspense with each turn of the page. Jo's life goes from stable and predictable to flighty and dramatic. With the ultimate betrayal and confession which ensues, Jo risks losing her husband and maybe even her daughters. This book is well worth reading as Sue Miller is a master writer of suspense and intrigue.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345435002
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Miller, Sue
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Massachusetts
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20000512
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.01x5.14x.66 in. .56 lbs.

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Product details 304 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345435002 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , “Riveting . . . While I Was Gone [celebrates] what is impulsive in human nature.”

–The New York Times

“Miller weaves her themes of secrecy, betrayal, and forgiveness into a narrative that shines.”

–Time

Jo Becker has every reason to be content. She has three dynamic daughters, a loving marriage, and a rewarding career. But she feels a sense of unease. Then an old housemate reappears, sending Jo back to a distant past when she lived in a communal house in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Drawn deeper into her memories of that fateful summer in 1968, Jo begins to obsess about the person she once was. As she is pulled farther from her present life, her husband, and her world, Jo struggles against becoming enveloped by her past and its dark secret.

“[While I Was Gone] swoops gracefully between the past and the present, between a womans complex feelings about her husband and her equally complex fantasies–and fears–about another man. . . . [Miller writes] well about the trials of faith.”

–The New York Times Book Review

“Quietly gripping . . . Jo shines steadily as the flawed and thoroughly modern heroine. As in her 1986 novel, The Good Mother, Miller shows how impulses can fracture the family.”

–USA Today

“Marvelous . . . poignant . . . powerful.”

–Seattle Times/Post Intelligencer

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