While I was Gone - Abridged Author:Sue Miller A decade ago she put a face on every mother's worst nightmare with her bestseller The Good Mother. Now, Sue Miller delivers a spellbinding novel of love and betrayal that explores what is means to be a good wife. — In the summer of 1968, Joe Becker ran out on the marriage and the life her parents wanted for her, that was bohemian and romatic, li... more »ving in a rambling group house. 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.
Now Joe has everything she's ever wanted: a veterinary practice she loves, a devoted husband, three gown 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, she need only look at her daughters or her husband to recall the satifactions of family and community and marriage.
But when an old housemate settles in her samll 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 flitration that returns her to the darkest moment of her part and imperils all she loves.« less