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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. O. Walsh Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9780698190467
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Named A Book of the Year by NPR, The Dallas Morning News, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist

Instant New York Times Bestseller

An Entertainment Weekly 'Must List' Pick

“I really loved this book... I can't praise it enough.”—Anne Rice

It was the summer everything changed.…

My Sunshine Away unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson—free spirit, track star, and belle of the block—experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too.

In My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh brilliantly juxtaposes the enchantment of a charmed childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families, and consuming adolescent love. Acutely wise and deeply honest, it is an astonishing and page-turning debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and our ability to forgive. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I really loved this book…I can’t praise it enough.”

    Anne Rice, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Servant of the Bones

  • “[A] wrenching and wondrous coming-of-age tale. Walsh’s debut novel is a mystery, a Louisiana mash note, and a deeply compassionate, clear-eyed take on the addled teen-boy mind.”


  • “Both a tantalizing mystery and a tender coming-of-age story, My Sunshine Away is equally capable of making a reader cry…and scream….And yet, you’re never exhausted trying to piece together clues to solve the crime. The power of the book lies in its spot-on characters….Unputdownable.”


  • “Excellent…Walsh has an innate knack for plot and suspense, but the real pleasure here is his prose. This stunning and gracefully written debut novel is a total page-turner until the very end.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “[A] rich, unexpected, exceptional book…A gripping read that’s more than a thriller, more than a traditional Southern tale, My Sunshine Away is a brilliant meditation on the unpredictability and the lifelong effects of childhood events and relationships.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Kirby Heyborne voices the narrator with an eerie calm and a slow, methodical pace, both suited to the novel’s languid Louisiana setting…Heyborne’s performance is capable; his dialogue is well defined and his portrayal of individual characters is believable.”


  • An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read”
  • A February 2015 LibraryReads Pick
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Debut authors
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About the Author

M. O. Walsh is a fiction writer born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Epoch, and Greensboro Review. His stories have also been anthologized in Best New American Voices, Bar Stories, and Louisiana in Words. His first book, the short story collection The Prospect of Magic, won the 2009 Tartt’s First Fiction Prize. He is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Mississippi and is currently the director of the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans.

About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is an American musician, actor, and multiple award–winning audiobook narrator. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in economics, he received critical acclaim for his starring role in the award-winning World War II drama Saints and Soldiers. He has starred in many feature films and national commercials and has appeared on Everwood and Free Ride. In addition, he can frequently be found touring the country with his singing and songwriting act.