"Even when the rainbow seems to pass right by me....I'm still finding Gold in the clouds....."

30 November 2013

2013 Book Review #34: Gone

This book was excellent.

It took me longer than usual to read it because I have had 2 very busy weeks....but...I finally finished it last night while staying at my in-laws' home...where there is no internet service!

STORY SUMMARY

Eve Adams has worked part time for the past 14 years while also raising her two children, Magnolia (age 14) and Danny (age 8).  Her husband, Eric,  is a sculptor whom she has always emotionally supported.  Now that she is 42 years old, she finally is starting to have an actual career. She is a private practice nutritionist and has just published her first book, which is having some success.  However, Eric's career is in a slump...he hasn't produced much of anything in the last couple of years.

One night, after eating out a local restaurant to celebrate the book's publication, Eric drives the college-aged babysitter home and....doesn't come back. He simply disappears.  He is gone.

Eve now has to learn that having competence in one area of her life doesn't mean that she is successful or competent in all the areas of her life.  Her family is now struggling with the why's and where's of Eric's disappearance.

MY THOUGHTS

This is a good story.  I liked that it was set near where I live. It's set in the Berkshires of MA which is just over the state line from us here in NY about an hour away.  The town that the author describes, although fictional, reminds me of the town of Lenox or Great Barrington.  Also, the author lives in that area so her description of the small towns full of artsy people was right on.

The story depicts forgiveness and how to let something go....or how to get it back....how to treasure our every day moments.....and each other..........and our marriages.......

It shows a bit of "mid life crisis" in a way......and all the roles we play:  as mothers/fathers, as spouses, as best friends, as a career person.........

It's about learning to say good-bye....but maybe not for forever.

In my opinion, this book is appropriate for ages 14 and older.

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, I rate this a 10.



1 comment:

Susanne said...

Funny how much reading can be done when there is no internet. LOL. Sounds like a good one. I am swamped with books this month. I think I bit off a little more than I can chew with review books in a busy time of year. It's just so hard to take a pass on good books. I'll be checking at the library for this one.