When You Went Away [NOOK Book]

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Only a few months ago, Gerry Rubato had everything he thought he needed from life. He was passionately in love with his college sweetheart after nearly twenty years of marriage, he had a bright, independent-minded daughter, and he had the surprising addition of a new child on the way. Then everything changed with stunning rapidity. With little explanation, his daughter ran away with her older boyfriend. Then, only a month after giving birth to...
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When You Went Away

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Overview


Only a few months ago, Gerry Rubato had everything he thought he needed from life. He was passionately in love with his college sweetheart after nearly twenty years of marriage, he had a bright, independent-minded daughter, and he had the surprising addition of a new child on the way. Then everything changed with stunning rapidity. With little explanation, his daughter ran away with her older boyfriend. Then, only a month after giving birth to their son, his wife died suddenly.

Now, Gerry needs to be everything to his infant child while he contends with two losses he can barely comprehend. And when a woman walks into his life as a friend and their relationship verges on something more, Gerry must redefine all that he knows about himself, about love, about loyalty, and about his dreams.

An emotionally charged novel filled with warmth, humor, wisdom, and unforgettable characters, When You Went Away is a novel you will take to your heart.
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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780984190508
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 71,434
  • File size: 8 MB

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

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    This is an intriguing character study

    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

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Moving

    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!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Great Read!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Great story

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    Nice read!

    This was a heart warming story. I only wish the author included an epilogue.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Great

    I loved this story!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Great story!

    Could not put the book down. This is a must read. I can't wait to read his other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Best

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    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Good read

    I am not a stickler for typos, usually, but there were a lot in this book. Overall a warm story.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 17, 2013

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

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    When You Went Away by Michael Baron After reading Michaels' soon

    When You Went Away by Michael Baron
    After reading Michaels' soon to be released book and enjoying it I got several of his other books. This one is about Gerry who has lost his wife Maureen and he's left with his 4 month old son Reese. Tanya he hopes will come home back to Long Island, NY in time.
    The story goes back to happier times with the family and then up to date where he's just hired Lisa to take care of the baby so he can return to work.
    He spends his whole day with his son, watching him laugh, as he walks around the house with him pointing everything out, especially the pictures of his mother and sister.
    As time goes on we do learn why the daughter has run away with 2 years of high school being a straight A student,... It was a surprise to him also when Maureen told him she was pregnant.
    He is back to work and others in the family's life stop in to lend support and bring him up to date with their latest news.
    Love how the talks to his son about the Yankees play by play action in preseason games.
    His sister in law Codie has heard from Tanya and they confide in one another.
    The journal Maureen had given him one year was going to be put to good use...like how he uses it to move on with his life at the same time recording his thoughts and feelings about how his daughter had changed their lives.
    He intellectually connects with a lady in his office where her job for the Christmas catalog is to pitch ideas at him and they discuss why they might work or might not. He's agreed to have dinner with her and this will be the first time since he lost his wife.
    Love how everything is brought full circle by the end of the book, didn't see it coming...
    Because there are only a few main characters you can get to know them very well. There are others that come into play and they are both good listeners and sometimes like to be listened to as well.
    Love the honesty, deepness of the topics discussed and the loving nature he has for all that he comes into contact with.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Excellent!

    A verytouching book.

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    Very good book.

    I am so impressed with this book that I just purchased the next one called Crossing The Bridge. This story covered love, loss, birth, runaway daughter and new love. You can't wait to get to the next page to see what is going to happen

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    Check it out!

    Wonderful story. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    Dull

    Started good but than got real boring real fast. If you like reading someone's "journal" about his miserable life, this one is for you.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    Great book

    Loved it now Im going to read another one by him.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Good

    But a little boring

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 8, 2012

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