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While I Was Gone

Sue Miller

A decade ago she put a face on every mother's worst nightmare with her phenomenal best-seller The Good Mother. Now, Sue Miller delivers a spellbinding novel of love and betrayal that explores what it means to be a good wife. 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. While I Was Gone is an exquisitely suspenseful novel about how quickly and casually a marriage can be destroyed, how a good wife can find herself placing all she holds dear at risk. In expert strokes, Sue Miller captures the precariousness of even the strongest ties, the ease with which we abandon each other, and our need to be forgiven. An extraordinary book, her best, from a beloved American writer. From the Hardcover edition.

A decade ago she put a face on every mother's worst nightmare with her phenomenal best-seller The Good Mother. Now, Sue Miller delivers a spellbinding novel of love and betrayal that explores what it means to be a good wife. 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. While I Was Gone is an exquisitely suspenseful novel about how quickly and casually a marriage can be destroyed, how a good wife can find herself placing all she holds dear at risk. In expert strokes, Sue Miller captures the precariousness of even the strongest ties, the ease with which we abandon each other, and our need to be forgiven. An extraordinary book, her best, from a beloved American writer. From the Hardcover edition.
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A decade ago she put a face on every mother's worst nightmare with her phenomenal best-seller The Good Mother. Now, Sue Miller delivers a spellbinding novel of love and betrayal that explores what it means to be a good wife. 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. While I Was Gone is an exquisitely suspenseful novel about how quickly and casually a marriage can be destroyed, how a good wife can find herself placing all she holds dear at risk. In expert strokes, Sue Miller captures the precariousness of even the strongest ties, the ease with which we abandon each other, and our need to be forgiven. An extraordinary book, her best, from a beloved American writer. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Blair Brown

Length:

5h 1m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:05


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:09


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:58


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:59


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:38


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:36


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:51


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:18


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:38


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:04


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:59


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:40


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:23


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:00


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:19


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:41


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:19


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:41


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:11