While I Was Gone

While I Was Gone

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Jo Becker has every reason to be content. She has three dynamic daughters, a loving marriage, and a rewarding career. But she feels a sense of unease. Then an old housemate reappears, sending Jo back to a distant past when she lived in a communal house in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Drawn deeper into her memories of that fateful summer in 1968, Jo begins to obsess about the person she once was. As she is pulled farther from her present life, her husband, and her world, Jo struggles against becoming enveloped by her past and its dark secret.

Title:While I Was Gone
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780345443281
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    While I Was Gone Reviews

  • Kate

    This story of a wife and mother suddenly revisiting her past had great moments and held my attention. Still it had long, boring passages.I found the protagonist annoying and self-indulgent in a way th...

  • Sarah

    Okay, okay, I know it's on Oprah's Book Club now, but really, some great books are - don't let your possible distate for Oprah Winfrey deter you from reading this book.Sue Miller is a wonderful writer...

  • Nikki

    I expect every Oprah's book club pick to get 3 stars (unless the book's by Toni Morrison). While I Was Gone is that special breed of book that plummeted to 2- and 1-star territory after chapter 10.The...

  • Stephy

    Can we say Boring? Oh it really was...She jumped from her current life to her teenage years back and forth like a ping pong ball..And when I finished the book I sat there question what was the whole p...

  • Margaret

    Somewhat unwillingly,I reread this novel for a book group.And I found details about Sue Miller's style that I had not paid attention to in my first go round.She is a master of natural description and...

  • Carin

    Thank God book club is tonight. Because the minute I closed this book (in fact, a few pages from the end even), I was torn by a desperate desire to discuss this book in depth with someone! So many int...

  • Lori

    One of the benefits to reading So Damn Much is I often forget what I've consumed, allowing me to discover it all over again.I spent the first 20 pages of While I Was Gone thinking it felt very familia...

  • Lobstergirl

    Miller is one of those authors who can't resist taking adjectives and turning them into verbs. The results are horrific. My advice to you is to turn away now, read no further."I tried my hardest never...

  • Kelly

    I first read this book 10+ years ago when it was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club pick. I liked it well enough then to hang on to my copy; I don't keep every book, because I just don't have the space, s...

  • Beth

    If there was a half star, I'd give it another half, but giving it 3 seems slightly too generous for a book that left me so annoyed. I loved Joey's past story, when she was living in the house with the...