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Author: M. O. Walsh Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download 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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  • “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.”

    - People
  • “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.”

    - AudioFile


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

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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 a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered over twenty Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.