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While I Was Gone
While I Was Gone
Author: Sue Miller
“MILLER WEAVES HER THEMES OF SECRECY, BETRAYAL AND FORGIVENESS INTO A NARRATIVE THAT SHINES.” — –Time — “FASCINATING . . . Despite having a loving husband, three vivacious daughters, a beautiful home in rural Massachusetts, and satisfaction in her work, Jo Becker’s mind is invaded by a persistent restl...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345420749
ISBN-10: 0345420748
Publication Date: 11/26/2002
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 89 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
Sue Miller allows the reader to reflect on their own life at the same time as the main character, Jo. Or was that just me? I read the book in a smooth fashion and while my brain computed Miller's story, it also computed my own story. My own memories, my own past, my own connections from the past to the 'now.' The character's thoughts were potent, raw and brutally honest. I loved the pace, the anticipation, the suspense that Miller eloquently builds page to page. A sparkling book with so many 'real life' moments.
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Helpful Score: 4
Pensive, character-driven book about a woman who once lived another life. Miller's writing suggests self-reflection and will give you an unexpected attachment to the character. However, this is light reading and goes by quickly.
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Helpful Score: 2
No matter how hard someone tries to put the past behind them, one finds it hard to deal with the consequences of the past not being completely in the past. Everything one does with their lifes shapes who they are at any given moment and who they will become sometime later.

Sue Miller does a fine job in bringing relationship and emotion full circle.
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Helpful Score: 2
Interesting book. The heroine goes back into her college life when she is reacquainted with an old college friend. Brings back memories of what we all did as young adults and how it affects us now.
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Helpful Score: 2
The author takes on an, I think, "obvious" theme that most people run across in their lives and she doesn't make it a cliche. This isn't some aging guy's mid-life crisis but that guy and the heroine/narrator have something in common: The memory of youth is so alluring that they try to recapture it by consorting with people and things they used to do, fast cars and old lovers, running away to a time when they had energy, beauty and sex appeal. Why do I think it's a shared if not wholly universal experience? Even boring old I identified with it.
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This book had some surprises. It was well written. Could have been more suspenseful. Overall-v good.
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Another great beach read. Really a fascinating book of what happens to a young woman.
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Facinating book with well drawn characters and a suspenseful storyline.