When You Went Away

When You Went Away

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by Michael Baron
     
 

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Publishers Weekly
Baron's carefully crafted debut tale, the Story Plant's first mass market original, is too true-to-life to be interesting. Gerry Rubato's wife has died and his teenage daughter has run away from home, leaving him alone to raise an infant son. Despite the recent tragedies, the focus of the novel is on rather ordinary non-events, such as Gerry's work at a catalogue company, opinions about the Yankees and tedious descriptions of food. As Gerry struggles to confront his runaway child, he chronicles his emotional reactions in a series of journal entries. A romantic subplot involving a colleague provides predictable conflict. Buried in the minutiae is an earnest tale of a man's emotional awakening and grief, but a too-easy resolution makes this more of a tour through Gerry's processing than a story.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981956800
Publisher:
Story Plant, The
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 4.28(h) x 0.94(d)

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When You Went Away 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
CherealCB More than 1 year ago
Had I not received the Long Journey Home on BN's Free Fridays, I might not have read this book but I liked this book and the Author's writing style which prompted me to buy this book. It was really good and I hated to put it down. This book made me both laugh & cry. Loved it so much I purchased Crossing The Bridge. Can't wait to start reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So well written, in the first person, i forgot i was reading fiction! Incredibly moving, completly real characters in relate-able situations that draws the reader in the story. I was disappointed when i finished reading - i wanted the story t go on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No foul language. What a relief to be able to enjoy a time away from the cares of the world without the filthy contents of unnecessary adjectives. I will definitely recommend this novel to my friends and family. I will also purchase and read other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was quickly hooked on the story line of this book. It was an enjoyable read that stirred my emotions and made me think about love and family. It is plainly written, but that makes it quick and easy to read. I actually found it hard to put down. All in all it is a good book that I recommend if you like relationship stories.
Christina Kassn More than 1 year ago
This was a heart warming story. I only wish the author included an epilogue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put the book down. This is a must read. I can't wait to read his other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A verytouching book.
buddysmom62 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it now Im going to read another one by him.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Port Jefferson, Long Island, Gerry Rubato believes his life is perfect. He loves his wife of two decades Maureen and adores their teenage daughter Tanya. Gerry likes working at Eleanor Miller, Inc where he is highly respected as the chief of the new products development team. His life begins to turn upside when Maureen informs him she is pregnant. Soon afterward without warning his seventeen year old daughter runs away with her boyfriend. Maureen gives birth to Reese, but one month later she dies. He is a single father raising an infant, mourning his wife's death and worried about his oldest child at a time when his deportment is critical for innovation in the Christmas catalogue, whose suspense ran out while he was burying his wife and his life. He will spin further into chaos as Gerry relooks his values. This is an intriguing character study of a person who seems to have everything perfect only to feel like a tsunami swamped his ideal life. Gerry is terrific as he tells his tale of happenings changing to woe changing potentially back to happiness if he takes chances that he is afraid of because love hurts. Although the ending is too neatly problem resolved rather suddenly, fans will enjoy following Gerry's struggles with grief for his late wife; fear for his runaway daughter; indifference towards his deadline job; and joy raising his bubbly newborn. Harriet Klausner
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I had forgotten I have read 2 or 3 other stories by this author. He is very good and I truly enjoyed this story as well. A bit sad but uplifting as well. Wouldn' t it be wonderful if all men were as great at being husband, lover, friend and father.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book about a man whose teenage daughter runs away leaving him with a baby after the mother dies of a brain hemorrhage. There are alot of talking points for a book club about realtionships and family dynamics. This book stays with you long after you read the last page.
Five4 More than 1 year ago
I felt the subject matter of the book was adult situations (mans wife of near 20 years dies shortly after giving birth to a son & they already have a 17 year old daughter, that had run away), but the writing style was for teenagers. I read the book, I didn't hate it, but I have no plans of reading another book by this author. Since this review is my opinion, one thing that continuously bothered me throughout the book is the spelling of contractions. Didn't was spelled did-n't, wouldn't was would-n't. I have never seen a hyphen in contractions. I'm glad that I only paid $2.99 for this book.
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The story started out well. Got me to purchase it. The typos make it difficult to read. The author has no idea of child developement. A five month old crawling? A nine month old walking? And no real grieving time for Gerry before Ally moves in? It wasn't believable. I read it all but did I like it? Not so much.
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