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While I Was Gone (Oprah's Book Club)

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A decade ago she put a face on every mother's worst nightmare with her phenomenal best-seller The 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 Gone is 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.

About the Author

Sue Miller is the best-selling author of The Good Mother, Inventing the Abbotts, Family Pictures, For Love, and The Distinguished Guest. She lives in Boston.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375411786
Author:
Miller, Sue
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Women veterinarians
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Cambridge
Subject:
New Age ministers
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Oprah's Book Club (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
106-445
Publication Date:
May 2000
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.56x6.53x1.17 in. 1.39 lbs.

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