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While I was Gone
-Sue Miller


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.

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If any novel could have put me to sleep it would be this one. This book was tedious from start to finish. Though it did have some ups and downs. I thought it was going to improve at some parts and then it just went back to be tedious again. Also I found this novel to be one of the most irriating books I have ever read. First of all Joey was one of the weakest characters in any novel I have read. I found the way she treated her children was pathetic. If she had raised them right they would have turned out at least "okay" and she wouldnt have been going through all the drama she was going through with them. I rejected the way she spoke to her daughter's also with "sweetie, hunny, darling"..when they are far from "sweeties" I know a Mother has to love her daugthers but no mother is that sweet to their children (with all the problems they had) unless they are emotionally was just plain sicking to me. Also I got the impression at times in the book that Joey didn't want the life she was living and wanted to be somewhere else. Then at other times the author made it seem like Joey was perfectly happy. To confusing. Overall this book wasnt on my top ten list and it would be torture to read any book like this again. (Great buys for used books)
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