While I Was Gone

While I Was Gone

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While I Was Gone 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story truly reflects many honest feelings women in mid-life experience. It is almost too honest for most people to accept because it challenges many of our socially accepted norms of being a wife of a preacher, being a loving and self sacrificing mother, a professional Veterinarian, and a woman. This story could provide an escape for women to explore their feelings or reinforce how natural the feelings they may have concerning the normal aging process and self evaluation of their lives.
DoranneLongPTMS More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued through the entire reading of While I Was Gone. The characters are multi-faceted and flawed, but very real. I enjoyed reading the intimate details of Jo Becker's life. Having lived in Cambridge, I could personally relate to the lifestyle described. The story felt real to me.
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Dr-SandraFortune More than 1 year ago
While the book entertains, I find the premise difficult to believe-- a woman so caught up in the past that she puts everything she loves at risk. The author's writing style, though, make this book a good read.
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MommyOfMunch More than 1 year ago
Oh, Oprah. You selected two of my favorite books for your book club. (I Know This Much Is True and White Oleander)I thought that I trusted your recommendations, but after We Were The Mulvaneys and now this, I can't help but believe that your literary tastes are more bought by publishers than genuine. This was about a woman who runs into an old acquaintence, throwing her into memory about the death of a friend and secret. Anyone guess what the secret is? I bet you can. It was long. None of the characters are likable. Even the dead friend. The author is always describing her as lovable, but I just didn't believe that at all. The main character is selfish and the book ended, leaving me thinking, "What was the point of that?"
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smarieb More than 1 year ago
The plot synopsis provided is accurate. As with the one other Sue Miller novel I've read, this book focuses intently on character development. I enjoyed the probing questions into the main character's (Jo) life and her search for meaning, her questioning of self. If you are looking for page-turning action, you won't find it here. However, do not let that diminsh what Miller has produced. Miller includes details of mundane life in a familiar way, which, I believe was her intention. The questions and motives Jo has for doing what she does are things I find myself wondering about also. Miller has produced another well written, thought-provoking novel with a couple steamy romantic moments that would make my mother blush. I give it a solid 3.5 stars.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book-all three times I read it. I love Sue Miller's writing style, her character development, and the whole story was incredibly intriguing.

Highly recommended.

Our book club read it and we had a great discussion.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a dark read. The life of the main character is one that I view as tolerable not happy, yet not unhappy. It seems as if she always is hunting for something more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very thought provoking and one of my favorite excerpts from a book is Daniel's sermon. I would highly recommend it for book clubs. I have read all of Sue Miller's books and this is my favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been a difficult read from the very first page. I purchased it because it was an Oprah selection and the premise of the story sounded great. I gave it a good try, up to page 91, and could not go on. What 'little' I learned about the characters, the less I liked the book. It dragged on and on without a purpose. I finally threw in the towel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked the main character, Jo. She wasn't perfect, in fact quite flawed...and therefor real. I related to some of her thoughts (maybe not actions). She was a joy to spend this time with on this journey through the novel. Give it a chance, I think you'll like Sue Miller's writing.