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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (26,108 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sue Miller Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A decade ago she put a face on every mother’s worst nightmare with her phenomenal bestseller 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.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jenny Pfaff | 2/12/2014

    " Not what I was expecting at all. Very disappointed in the ending. Very wordy book and did not like the main character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Melinda Halbreich | 2/12/2014

    " Tries to come across as more substantial than it really is...starts off well but ends up as a trite romance novel-ish type of read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/8/2014

    " I read this book for a book club. I probably would not have finished it otherwise. The main character is needy and self indulgent. She spends an inordinate amount of time analyzing conversations, looks, gestures, expressions, and on and on in a pointless search for deeper meaning in plain, ordinary, everyday events. She has a nice life and she's hell bent on ruining it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nancy Carbajal | 2/5/2014

    " Wow!! I love this writers style. Jo has a life as a vetranarian, a minister husband and three grown daughters....and shes at the point of her life where the nest is empty and she keeps thinking back to a devastating moment she had in her twenties during the 60s. Then a house member from that time enters her life and starts things in motion that she may end up to regret, along with a monumentous revelation that lead her to make choices she'll come to regret...but Jo was prime for this to happen, it seems to be what she does best in life. Very powerful novel. "

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