The Sunshine When She's Gone: A Novel

The Sunshine When She's Gone: A Novel

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The Sunshine When She's Gone: A Novel by Thea Goodman, Susan Ericksen, David Colacci

A fresh, funny, and wisely observed debut novel about marriage—about the love, longing and ambivalence exposed when a husband takes the baby on a highly unusual outing

When Veronica Reed wakes up one frigid January morning, two things are “off”—first of all, she has had a good night’s sleep, which hasn’t happened in months, and second, both her husband and her baby are gone. Grateful for the much-needed rest, Veronica doesn’t, at first, seriously question her husband’s trip out to breakfast with baby Clara. Little does she know, her spouse has fled lower Manhattan, with Clara, for some R&R in the Caribbean.

Told through alternating points of view, The Sunshine When She's Gone explores the life-changing impact of parenthood on a couple as individuals and as partners. Thea Goodman brings us into intimacies made tense by sleep-deprivation and to losses and gains made more real by acknowledging them. Here is the story of a couple pushed to the edge and a desperate father’s attempt give them both space to breathe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469285573
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Thea Goodman has received the Columbia Fiction Award, a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and fellowships at Yaddo and Ragdale; her short stories have appeared in several journals, notably New England Review, Other Voices and Columbia. Born in New York City, she studied at Sarah Lawrence and earned her MFA from Brooklyn College, CUNY. She has taught writing at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and lives in Chicago with her husband and children.

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The Sunshine When She's Gone 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Veronica and John Reed are two very, very, very tired parents! Gloria is a typical infant who has quite literally, albeit totally unconscious of her effect, sucked the passion out of her parents. Veronica has post-partum depression and John thinks why not give her a break; yes, a break is just what will help her and perhaps bring backs some zip into their sexless lives. What starts out as a well-intentioned plan on John's part begins to spin out of control. The reader wishes he would go home when he finds every place where he could dine with his daughter closed. Awe shocks the reader when John on a whim decides to make it a weekend off for Veronica and takes Gloria to Barbados in the Caribbean. Somehow one knows this is going downhill and it does but it's such a valuable time for John who really learns about parenting and his own expectations from both wife and daughter. One has to chuckle as John is getting more and more frantic looking for the "goats milk" that Gloria is used to, with herbs mixed therein, as well as enough diapers, etc. Mr. Dad he is not and it only gets crazier! Veronica on the other hand goes through several stages upon discovering John's absence. Did he kidnap Gloria? Where the heck is he? Little by little she begins to "use" the time to get in touch with old friends, where conversations and old ways mix with thoughts of her dating, marriage and pregnancy. She even perhaps goes too far with a one-night stand that will have repercussions later on the story. The ensuing confusion is good for her as she needs to sort out what she wanted and what she actually has with John and Gloria. The eventual reunion is quite stormy and necessary and no it doesn't get weary or stereotypical at all for the reader. It's vital and probably elicits something in every single reader with all the accompanying highs and lows of thoughts and emotions. Their second dedication to each other after making up is even more real and therefore rewarding to enjoy. What a delightful, simple yet profound tale Thea Goodman tells so artfully! For all parents or parents-to-be or parents whose babes have left the nest, this is a great read! Well done, indeed, Thea Goodman!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a total tom-boy. I have wavy black hair and dark brown eyes. I love basketball and soccer. Im tall and skinny with a light tan. Also I love going to the shooting range. I dont like being pushed around so dont even try lol (;
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have blond haiir hazel eyes a dirty white tank top and some dirty cargo pants i love shooting im a total tom-boy and i play soccer basketball nd volleyball tall nd skinny. Dont push me around cuz i will beat u in anything. HATE drama