by Sue Miller

  • ISBN: 0747595038
  • Author: Sue Miller
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • ePUB size: 1994 kb
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While I Was Gone book. Jo Becker has every reason to be content.

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.

From the author of While I Was Gone, a stunning new novel that showcases Sue Miller's singular gift for exposing the nerves that lie hidden in marriages and families, and the hopes and regrets that lie buried in the hearts of women. Georgia Ri. Lost in the Forest.

While I Was Gone what is impulsive in human nature. The New York Times "Miller weaves her themes of secrecy, betrayal, and forgiveness into a narrative that shines. Time Jo Becker has every reason to be content.

While I Was Gone - Sue Miller. 1. It’s odd, I suppose, that when I think back over all that happened in that terrible time, one of my sharpest memories should be of some few moments the day before everything began. Seemingly unconnected to what followed, this memory is often one of the first things that comes to me when I call up those weeks, those months-the prelude, the long, beautiful, somber note I heard but chose to disregard. This is it: silence between us.

When I was gone, Sue Miller Is a book that readers can connect to in some way. like Jo, everyone has . like Jo, everyone has things they ran away from, and kept hidden till something re-triggers the cryptic secret. I was unable to put this book down, and now that I've finished, I keep going back and reading and re-reading parts again and again. Her characters come alive as you keep reading.

It's an ok book with some deep lines here and there. For a thriller and crime nivel it's not what you'd expect. The rhythm is slow and very paced

It's an ok book with some deep lines here and there. The rhythm is slow and very paced. Fee cliffhangers and little mystery to be honest.

Thirty years ago Jo Becker ran out on her marriage, assumed a new identity, moved into a group house, and lived a bohemian, romantic life until her best friend was violently murdered. Now, many years later, she is a successful animal doctor, married with three grown children. But when an old housemate comes to live in her small town, things start to unravel.

A decade ago she put a face on every mother's worst nightmare with her phenomenal best-seller 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.
Comments: (7)
Usually Oprah books are decent reads. I hated the main character so much, and I never understood why she did what she did. I had to read the whole thing because it was a book club read. Otherwise, I would have given up after a few chapters.
While I was Gone by Sue Miller was a difficult book to enjoy. I found that the book was written well, but it was hard for me to have any sympathy for the main character, Jo Becker: a 50-ish woman, married, three daughters, and had a thriving career as a veterinarian.
But despite the good things in her life, she is drawn to her distant past that she had kept secret from her children for decades. She meets and reacquaints herself, through one daughter's professor in college, with a man she hadn't seen since the 1960's, a man whom she shares a terrible secret.
The book is written in the present, but takes a u-turn into Jo's past when she meets this old acquaintance, Eli, and then relives the rather bohemian lifestyle when she lived with a number of housemates a year or two after leaving her first husband, a college sweetheart. The past reveals a different side of Jo, a side that her daughters are not aware of, and a side that her current husband, the father of her daughters, cannot comprehend, but had accepted, or so Jo thought.
What I didnt' like about Jo was that it seemed that throughout her life, she was running away from her problems. She ran away from her first husband by joining a group of people and living a bohemian life. Even as an adult she was running away, if not physically, at least mentally and emotionally. I find that distasteful in a person, and therefore I had a very hard time liking Jo.
Despite this fact, I enjoyed the story for what it was: a psychological look into a person and how tragedies in this person's past shaped her and changed her to what she became in the present. Despite the many negative aspects of the story (dont' expect a happy ending), I found this book to be very enjoyable on a different level. I didnt' like Jo, but I found myself very interested in what happens to her, and what happened to her in her past. For this reason, it didnt' take me long to finish this book. I almost couldn't put it down.
I recommend this book, but with a warning - you will probably not like Jo Becker. Be prepared for that!
While I Was Gone is a superbly suspenseful novel about how quickly a marriage can be ruined, how a devoted wife finds herself putting at risk all she holds dear. Sue Miller encapsulates the instability of even the strongest bonds, the carelessness with which we use to abandon each other, leaving us the need to be forgiven. An extraordinary book.
I enjoy listening to audiobooks while I drive and oftentimes (unless read by the author), I find the reader's voice irritating. This reader (Blair Brown) was very good and easy to listen to. Moreover, the story was wonderful.
Beyond this, While You Were Gone is also a morality tale about telling and secrets and forgiveness. Miller subtly draws in the ethical conflicts with Jo's husband Daniel, a minister, as the foil.
While You Were Gone gave me a rich new outlook on long-time relationships and family shaping them. This is my first Sue Miller and I will definitely read more.
A literate, well-written book that flows smoothly, is interesting, and makes you think. It is very much a woman's book -- a lot of emphasis on intra-family relationships, cooking, holiday times, seasonal changes, aging -- rather than a bam/bang mystery story. (I get the distinct imporession that all the other reviewers to date are women). Not my usual cup of tea, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author's prose style is clear and flows so smoothly...I have also enjoyed her earlier work. Buy this book whether you are a man or a woman if you appreciate excellent writing. Stronger on characterization and description than on plot, but so what? Only 4 stars because the ending sort of trails off rather than resolving much of anything, but up to then it is a very nice read.
I have to admit, I read this book in two days. I couldn't put it down. The author weaves two time periods together into one amazing story. The main character's previous 1960's life, merges with today's middle-age life. The only thing that troubled me throughout the book, was the main character's relationship with her current husband. The way she described him, the adjectives she used, and her general tone, almost left me feeling like she was married to an up-tight, priss of a man. Then, when she almost destroys her marriage by getting cozy with a man from her past, she is suddenly dying to be near this cold, aloof man again. It drove me nuts - but it kept me turing the pages didn't it?
I really enjoyed this book, and the only problem I had with it was some of the editing. There were descriptive segments that sometimes went on far too long, and I found myself skimming, or forcing myself to pay attention. But that was only in a few places. Overall, a good read.
Terribly boring. Flat characters. Got half way through and couldn't continue.
I liked this book, especially how Miller created intrigue and kept me from putting the book down. I don't think the author has a beautiful or compelling style, but she sprinkles insights throughout the story that surprise and please me. Unique tale structured in an interesting way. You definitely haven't been told this story before!
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