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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: Thea Goodman Narrator: Susan Ericksen, David Colacci Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9781469285580
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A fresh, funny, and wisely observed debut novel about marriage—about the love, longing, and ambivalence exposed when a husband takes the baby on a highly unusual outing

When Veronica Reed wakes up one frigid January morning, two things are “off”—first of all, she has had a good night’s sleep, which hasn’t happened in months, and second, both her husband and her baby are gone. Grateful for the much-needed rest, Veronica doesn’t question her husband’s trip out to breakfast with baby Clara. Little does she know, her spouse has fled lower Manhattan, with Clara, for some rest and relaxation in the Caribbean.

Told through alternating points of view, The Sunshine When She’s Gone explores the life-changing impact of parenthood on a couple as individuals and as partners. Thea Goodman brings us into intimacies made tense by sleep-deprivation and to losses and gains made more real by acknowledging them. Here is the story of a couple pushed to the edge and a desperate father’s attempt give them both space to breathe.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thea Goodman has made something I would’ve thought impossible: an edge-of-your-seat narrative about parenting a small child. Her emotional investment in her characters is complete as they confront each other, themselves, and the heavy weight of new love.”

    Nell Freudenberger, New York Times bestselling author of The Newlyweds

  • “It’s suspenseful, funny, realistic, melancholy.”

    A. J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and Drop Dead Healthy

  • “Thea Goodman shines in The Sunshine When She’s Gone.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “A deft account of love and its sacrifices.”

    Marie Claire

  • “Sharp, intuitive, and empathetic…Goodman offers a wickedly incisive take on the pressures of parenthood and the resiliency of marital trust.”


  • “Sprightly…Like every comedy of errors, this novel makes us wince, then grin with relief.”

    More Magazine

  • “This book will shake you, jolt you, wake you up to life.”

    Patrick Somerville, author of The Cradle and This Bright River 

  • “Thea Goodman’s astute debut novel poses the question: What if you were to step out of your embedded life? And her discerning mind answers it with a tale of Manhattanites more inextricably bound together than they might imagine.”

    Susan Minot, author of Evening

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