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While I Was Gone (original: 1999; edição: 1999)

de Miller (Autor)

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A decade ago she put a face on every mother's worst nightmare with her phenomenal best-sellerThe 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 Goneis 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.… (mais)
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Título:While I Was Gone
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Informação:Ballantine Books (1999), Edition: Pre-publication
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While I Was Gone de Sue Miller (1999)

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    A Map of the World de Jane Hamilton (Severn)
    Severn: While I was Gone shares similar thematic elements, and a similar narrative, to A Map of the World, and comes highly recommended.
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Sue Miller never fails to engage me and this book was no exception. The twist was a total surprise to me although I guess I should have seen it coming. I appreciated how realistic the ending was as well. Altogether enjoyable read. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
Although I generally like this author’s writing style with her honesty about feelings, the main character was irritating. I understood her running from her first marriage, enjoying a bohemian lifestyle in the 60s until a murder forces everyone to leave. She marries again to a minister and lives a good life as a vet with daughters. Why she felt the need to let the past and Eli then consume her every thought, ruin a wonderful sexual marriage. Lost all respect for her from that point in the story. Didn’t even care for the way ending went. She didn’t deserve to able to return to her old life. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
I enjoyed the book. I like the way the author examined the different layers in the protagonist's life. The author's descriptions of both places and feelings were, at times, quite beautifully written ( )
  Melwilk | Mar 19, 2020 |
This is the story of Dr Jo Becker, veterinarian. Jo is happily married to her husband Daniel, a pastor. They have three young adult daughters who now live away from home. Despite not sharing her husbands strong christian beliefs, they have a good fulfilling marriage.
However, Jo's life was not always this happy. She had walked away from her first marriage and lived an alternate life for 7 months when she was young. This period came to an abrupt end with the death of a close friend. When another of her friends, from this period, emerges with his dog to be euthanized, Jo is forced to confront the past events and risks the stability, love and security of her marriage to Daniel.
I found these very credible characters and there were plenty of recognizable family moments and observations on relationships with husbands and children. ( )
1 vote HelenBaker | Feb 9, 2019 |
I enjoyed this. She has an amazingly accurate voice for white girls from the late 60's early 70's. ( )
  Darragh4444 | Oct 22, 2018 |
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A decade ago she put a face on every mother's worst nightmare with her phenomenal best-sellerThe 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 Goneis 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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