Author: Cathi Hanauer
Review: Wow, wow, wow, wow, I don’t even know how to tell you that I loved this book. It was fantastic, I wanted to keep reading but I didn’t want it to end either. The closer I got to the end the slower I started to read, I wanted to know what would happen but I also knew that with this sort of book that the ending would really only be another beginning. I saw myself in these pages and it was fascinating and really made me double take often. Was this book about me? Well NO, but WOW…..or did I say that already? I hope this is expressing how much I enjoyed this book. 5 Stars +.
The struggle in this book for me was who to hate, and who to cheer for or against. I wanted to hate Eric and then I wanted to hug him. Whose side should I take? That is the problem with couple relationships especially in a divorce situation…who do you get to keep in the divorce of your good friends? What a pain that you can’t keep them both. Well this book is wonderful, thought provoking, well written, amazing and WOW. You need to read this book if you are married, or in a long term relationship, or thinking of being in either in the future. This book will open your eyes and let you know- you are not the only one in how you feel alone in a room full of people you know. You are worried about you and everyone else is worried about themselves and who can you talk to?
Read this book especially if it is the only one you read this month. I am still thinking about Eve and Eric and I finished this book a week ago. Kids, work, church, friends, enemies, spouses, family members and every other thing in your life that pulls your attention is in this book. How do you decide what is the most important and what you can let go? That is the question for the ages and I have no answers for you. Read this book and see yourself and how maybe you can figure out what is truly important before it is gone….for good.
Publisher: Published June 19th 2012 by Atria Books
Quick Review: 5 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: Sent by the publisher for review.
Synopsis: From the editor of the New York Times bestselling essay anthology The Bitch in the House and the novel Sweet Ruin comes a compelling domestic drama about a woman who must hold her family together after her husband disappears.It is every woman’s nightmare—or fondest dream. Her husband leaves to drive the babysitter home and doesn’t return. Thus begins Gone, Cathi Hanauer’s sexy, tension-filled new novel. For the past fourteen years, Eve Adams has worked part-time while raising her two children and emotionally supporting her sculptor husband, Eric, through his early fame and success. Now, at forty-two, she suddenly finds herself with a growing career of her own—even as Eric’s career sinks deeper into the slump it slipped into a few years ago. After a dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate Eve’s success, Eric drives the babysitter home and, simply, doesn’t come back. Eve must now shift the family in possibly irreparable ways, forcing her to realize that competence in one area of life doesn’t always keep things from unraveling in another. Gone is a novel about change and about redefining, in middle age, everything from one’s marriage to one’s career to one’s role as a best friend, parent, and spouse. It is a novel about passion and forgiveness and knowing when to let something go and when to fight to hold onto it; about learning to say goodbye—but, if you’re lucky, not forever.
Author Biography: Cathi Hanauer is the author of the novels My Sister’s Bones and Sweet Ruin and the editor of the New York Times bestselling essay anthology The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage. Her articles, essays, and/or criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Elle, O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, Self, Parenting, Whole Living, and other magazines. She lives with her family in western Massachusetts. Visit her online at CathiHanauer.com.