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Gone: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Cathi Hanauer
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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—a private nutritionist practice and a book deal—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 an outstanding 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 on to it, about learning to say goodbye—but, if you’re lucky, not forever.

Editorial Reviews


“Cathi Hanauer's new novel Gone picks up ten years down the road from The Bitch in the House, her groundbreaking, best-selling 2002 anthology of marital rage, domestic wrangling, and passion (or lack thereof). This is a gorgeous, wrenching book, a literary feat.” —Kate Christensen, Pen Faulkner Award-winning author of The Astral and The Great Man

“Trust Cathi Hanauer to write such a touching, funny, smart book about the way families and marriage both gird and choke a life. The husband and wife here, a sensitive and spirited pair, each yearn for freedom as they still fully embrace the bonds that tether them to one another. It's that earthly paradox that Hanauer understands so deeply and executes so beautifully in her latest, greatest novel.” —Helen Schulman, New York Times bestselling author of This Beautiful Life

Cathi Hanauer succeeds beautifully in creating a story that will make you care and keep turning the pages to discover what will happen to this family, all the while rooting for them.” —Dani Shapiro, national bestselling author of Devotion and Black & White

“Cathi Hanauer is a great chronicler of modern love and life, who has created, in the pages of Gone, the beautiful, intricate story of a beautiful, intricate marriage. This novel will resonate with anyone who has ever been married—which is to say, it will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to reconcile love against ambivalence, loyalty against the lure of solitude, and domestic fidelity against the call of the open road.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed

Gone is about the big things—love and death and work and children—and it treats them all with freshness and acuity. Hanauer draws her characters with real generosity and with insight about the pitfalls of contemporary life. It's a compelling, big-hearted book.” —Joshua Henkin, author of The World Without You and Matrimony

“Hanauer’s crisp examination of a troubled family keenly depicts the mercurial nature of contemporary marriage and parenthood.” —Booklist

“Hanauer delivers a novel that is rich with relatable characters, realistic in its approach and highly readable.” —Kirkus Reviews

Gone offers a clear-eyed vision of what is gained and lost in a contemporary marriage when the wife and mother begins gaining power outside the home.” —Vanity Fair

“Beautifully complicated and often funny, Cathi Hanauer's Gone asks the question many long-marrieds barely dare to contemplate: What would you do if your husband left to drive the babysitter home and just never came back?” —O Magazine

“Lose yourself in Cathi Hanauer's Gone, the tension-filled tale of a woman who becomes a single mother when her husband vanishes after driving the babysitter home.” —Shape Magazine (“Summer's Best Reads”)

"Hanauer's treatment of Eve and Eric's—as well as their children's—predicaments ring true with emotional clarity, and her eye for detail and ear for conversational patterns lends credibility to this stark family drama,” —Publisher's Weekly

Gone is the most beautifully crafted novel I have read in a while." —New Jersey Journal

“If you’re looking for more than fluff and folly this summer, Hanauer’s novel delivers. At its core, though, it remains a simple, beautifully told story about a marriage, love, and what remains when one partner has gone." —Florida Times-Union


“Hanauer’s crisp examination of a troubled family keenly depicts the mercurial nature of contemporary marriage and parenthood.” —Booklist

“Hanauer delivers a novel that is rich with relatable characters, realistic in its approach and highly readable.” —Kirkus Reviews

Gone offers a clear-eyed vision of what is gained and lost in a contemporary marriage when the wife and mother begins gaining power outside the home.” —Vanity Fair

“Beautifully complicated and often funny, Cathi Hanauer's Gone asks the question many long-marrieds barely dare to contemplate: What would you do if your husband left to drive the babysitter home and just never came back?” —O Magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 2058 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (June 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061Q6916
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cathi Hanauer does it again! July 1, 2012
I read GONE in a single day, barely stopping to do anything else. I love the way this author writes--it's gorgeous and funny but also deep and SO real. This book is a fantastic portrayal of a marriage as it moves into middle age and encounters some pretty dramatic bumps--in this case, a husband who can't do the work that's supported the family for years, and a wife who, along with being worried about their financial situation, feels herself aging and losing her children as they grow up--but who's also pragmatic and won't let age (or her husband's situation) keep her from doing what needs to be done. The kids are pitch-perfect; the 8-year-old boy is delicious, and I held my breath as the 14-year-old girl made one potentially self destructive decision after another. The themes of nutritional chaos (Eve, the main character, is a part-time nutritionist who counsels overweight clients) and of time and technology moving so fast we can barely keep up beautifully compliment the main story--husband goes to drive the (adult) babysitter home and doesn't come back. Where has he gone? How will Eve and the children go on without him, especially when he was the main earner? We see her side, his side, and the outside, all woven together into a beautiful quilt of love, loss, and LIFE. Highly recommend this book to everyone.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Parts good, mostly disappointing June 27, 2012
It's hard to believe ANYONE would give this book five stars. Yikes.

The summary of the story on the book jacket pulled me in. A husband leaves to take the babysitter home and doesn't come back.

OK...were they having an affair? Is he kidnapping the babysitter? Are they both being kidnapped? Were they in an accident?

But the story is not that interesting. Turns out (spoiler alert) that the husband is bored with his life and the babysitter's mother lives in Arizona and is ill. The husband's mother also lives in Arizona so on the spur of the moment he decides to just leave and drive the babysitter to see her mother and he will visit his mother. He does not tell his family he is going.

Now the wife is mostly interesting and developed character - I liked her - but her response to his disappearance is totally unbelievable. She just sort of accepts it. Ho Hum...wonder if he will come back? She a dietician and has authored a book on healthy eating. The case studies about some of her patients were interesting and engaging.

The husband is really only a shadow character to me...we never get to understand him or really want to! He could have been really developed since he is a sculptor and suffering a dry spell in his life.

When he comes back his wife just sort of accepts it and the family gets on with things. If it were me, he would have a LOT of explaining to do!!!

There are so many good books out now - pick something else for a good read!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Story About Lack of Communication--Good Read June 30, 2012
Gone by Cathi Hanauer is an excellent book about balancing work, family and marriage. Through the inner workings of the Adams family, the author shows the importance of communication between husband and wife and changes that inevitably happen in a marriage. Eve is a part-time nutritionist and new author whose book is selling well. Her husband is a sculpture whose lost his inspiration and hasn't really sold anything for a couple years. Consequently, Eve feels angry and Erik feels useless which leads to depression and a little 6-week vacation that he neglects to tell his family about. What really got Eve angry was that Eric took off with their babysitter!

I liked this contemporary fiction book about modern family life and liked the ending. I found it interesting that my husband and I liked different characters. He liked all except for the husband and I liked the husband and the son better than the mother and daughter. I think this could be a good book for a book club to discuss, not only the marriage aspect but also the wife's work, Eric's mother and sisters, and Eric's work and the family dynamics. The bottom line is that a good marriage is high maintenance and needs constant attention. I recommend this book to any who like contemporary fiction about relationships.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could provoke great discussions July 21, 2012
Eve Adams has worked part-time and taken care of her children while supporting her husband the sculptor. He has had some success in the past but now seems to be in a creative slump. Eve has taken her knowledge of food and written a book and counsels people how to eat healthy and lose weight. Her business is growing, the book goes into a second printing. Her husband, Eric. takes her out to celebrate. She thought the evening went fine until her husband leaves to take home the sitter and disappears.

She has no idea where he went or what is going on but the sitter is missing too. She needs to take care of the kids, the house and the bills and wait to her from her husband. Is he gone forever?

Dollycas's Thoughts

The characters in this story were very interesting. For the most part real and each with their own set of flaws. The one thing that bothered me about this book was passivity of the wife. I understand staying strong for your kids, being scared for the future, and not wanting people to know your husband left you but I felt she needed to put more effort into what was really going on, especially after the husband contacted their daughter. She took on the whole load herself including their quickly emptying checkbook.

I wanted to hate Eric for just running away but he was definitely suffering from a major case of depression. I felt terrible for the kids and Eve had her hands full with a teenager trying to make the most of her father's absence by putting herself into some dangerous situations and a son just trying to understand why his dad left.

This is a story of family dynamics, trying to balance everything, work, kids, family, marriage and life in general. The ending was just too easy for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read
Published 4 months ago by Karen in Clovis,NM
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Pretty good, a bit depressing and drawn out, bit overall interesting
Published 9 months ago by Sp
3.0 out of 5 stars A view of an American family of 2010
This story appeared to me as what you would get when combining several typical young families found across America in to one. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jeremy
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone is a good read
This is such a great book. The author uses very descriptive details and I like the voice of Jayne. I did not want to put the book down. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sylvia Sweet
5.0 out of 5 stars the book was wonderful
This book was great it teaches you not to depend on no one, because people change and sometimes as human we don't except the change well. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Luvinia Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars page-turning and compelling
Simply an amazing book! Gone is a story about marriage, family and finding yourself. Cathi has done a remarkable job of character depiction - they seem so real, I can imagine them... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Wendy L. Hines
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good..
Nice book.. had some real life issues.. I wouldn't say it was amazing but I definitely could relate to the characters... Decent Read
Published 20 months ago by Mai Tai
1.0 out of 5 stars GONE is just Dreadful! Bitterly disappointed!
I just finished reading Cathi Hanauer's Novel; Gone. What an utter disappointment. I wouldn't 'give' this book away! I can't believe this would garner rave reviews. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Gina Marie
3.0 out of 5 stars Marriage on the rocks???
Liked the general story, but husband was not considerate of family. All worked out, into tidy ending. Liked the outcome, & the resolutions. For women that are married.
Published 24 months ago by MRSN
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly boring
This book really didn't capture my attention. The one positive thing about this novel is that a reader can pick up some good advice on nutrition.
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