While I Was Gone

by Sue Miller | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0345443284 Global Overview for this book
Registered by BigJohnLefty of Des Moines, Iowa USA on 3/30/2004
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by BigJohnLefty from Des Moines, Iowa USA on Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Pre-numbered label used for registration.
From the back cover: "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 restlessness. Then, an old roommate reappears to bring back Jo's memories of her early 20s...Her obsession with that period of her life and with the crime that concluded it eventually estrange Jo from everything she holds dear, causing her to tell lie after lie as she is pulled closer to this man from her past - and to a horrible secret."

Journal Entry 2 by BigJohnLefty from Des Moines, Iowa USA on Monday, April 12, 2004
A fascinating novel about a woman whose past comes back unexpectedly to haunt her in some way. Being "gone" refers to many things - when she left her first husband to live under a fake name, when she snuck away to meet an old friend, when she left to care for her mother. The book has a lot to say about the notion of "faith" (both in terms of to a spouse, one's children, and to a supreme) and how different people view it.

Journal Entry 3 by lisabb2 from Grimes, Iowa USA on Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Got this book from BigJohnLeft at the April Des Moines meetup. Will read and release soon!!!

Journal Entry 4 by lisabb2 from Grimes, Iowa USA on Monday, May 10, 2004
This was a very good book...made you think about incidents that shape a person's life. Jo runs away from her life early on but then finds a happy, contented life. An old friend reappears in her life and brings back all the old feelings - good and bad from her past. A terrible secret is revealed and Jo has to find a way to deal with all the emotions and feelings that are exposed in the aftermath.

Journal Entry 5 by lisabb2 from Grimes, Iowa USA on Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Gave to 1103waterstreet at the Des Moines Meetup tonight. Enjoy!!!

Journal Entry 6 by 1103waterstreet from Des Moines, Iowa USA on Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Have not read an Oprah Book in awhile and this one from the table at Meetup looks good on the outside and now that I've read other journal entries I am ready to open to the first page.

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