- Publisher: Story Plant (2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981956807
- ISBN-13: 978-0981956800
- ASIN: B006G8CG7U
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,281,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When You Went Away Paperback – 2009
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More About the Author
Though I started with nonfiction, I have always loved fiction and I have always wanted to write it. I've always had a particular affection for love stories. In fact, the very first book-length thing I ever wrote, when I was thirteen, was a love story. Mind you, it was the kind of love story that a thirteen-year-old boy would write, but it was a love story nonetheless. I have a deep passion for writing about relationships - family relationships, working relationships, friendships, and, of course, romantic relationships - and I can only truly explore this by writing fiction. These novels have given me a way to voice the millions of things running through my head.
My wife and kids are the center of my life. My wife is the inspiration for all of my love stories and my children enthrall me, challenge me, and keep me moving. One of the primary reasons I wrote my first novel, WHEN YOU WENT AWAY was that I wanted to write about being a father. Aside from my family, I have a few other burning passions. I'm a pop culture junkie with an especially strong interest in music, I love fine food (and any restaurant shaped like a hot dog), and I read far too many sports blogs for my own good.
You might have noticed that I haven't published a photo of myself. This isn't because I'm involved in the Witness Protection program or because I have an innate fear of cameras. It's because Michael Baron is a pseudonym. I'm writing these novels "undercover" because they're not entirely compatible with the nonfiction books I write and I didn't want to confuse readers. We're all different people sometimes, right? I just decided to give my alter ego another name.
My fourth novel, SPINNING, has just come out. It's a love story, too. Naturally.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is told in a near-memoir style, even though it's a fiction novel, and the reader gets to go along with Gerry, our protagonist, on his journey of surviving after both his wife and daughter leave him--his wife through death, and his teen daughter through running away from home. His daughter left prior to his wife dying, so he knows he's going to have to tell her, if he ever finds her.
Left to raise a near-newborn son, alone, Gerry has to learn how to live again. He was young when he married, and had been married for the majority of his adult life, and now he's a single father to Reese, the unplanned but much wanted child born just month prior to Maureen's, his wife, death.
Ally, a co-worker and unexpected love interest for Gerry, helps him feel again, though he questions his commitment to Maureen because he feels so much for Ally so soon after his wife has died. It's those feelings that allow him to see and understand what his daughter might have been feeling when she left home as a teenager, to run away with her love of the moment, Mick.
I won't give away the ending, because you'll really want to read this one for yourself. I do want to mention, the ending slightly disappointed me, because it seemed to come too quickly, without enough full resolution.Read more ›
Gerry Rubato has lost his whole world--first his daughter Tanya runs away with an older man at age 17 and then he loses his wife tragically. All he has left to center him is his infant son, Reese. The story is told from Gerry's point of view, and much of the beginning pages focuses on his grief and confusion about how to move on. Readers will be swept up in his grief, his struggle to find his way, and the dilemmas that face him when he begins to fall in love again. However, despite the focus on Gerry's grief, readers may not find When You Went Away to be a tearjerker.
Reese becomes Gerry's world for a long two months of seclusion before he heads back to work at a catalog firm. Codie, his wife's sister, becomes a sounding board for Gerry and he for her, allowing their relationship to go beyond sister-in-law and brother-in-law to confidants. The first few weeks back to work for Gerry are rough with sympathetic looks and a number of "How are you feeling?" questions from coworkers. Eventually, he finds a friend in Ally Rittan, a fellow creative mind.
Readers will embark upon a meditative journey with Gerry and Reese as Gerry works through the loss of his wife, the realization that love can find you at the most inopportune moments, and the harsh realities of repairing a relationship with his lost daughter.Read more ›
Gerry meets someone from work, but he's not sure if he's ready love again. His story is so moving, so real, and so touching. The realism reminded me of Elizabeth Berg's OPEN HOUSE with an ending that brought the entire story together nicely.
Mr. Baron clearly conveys the pain and confusion of a suddenly single father of a four-month old son. The main character's wife unexpectedly passed away just months after the child's birth. Their 17 year-old daughter ran away from home one month before the baby's birth and has cut off all communication.
The main character does receive support from his wife's younger sister and another young woman who enters his life as he returns to work.
Grief, confusion and guilt over his feelings for the younger woman so recently after his wife's death - all handled with delicacy and care.
Definitely a book worth reading.
I have also recently read "Crossing the Bridge", "The Journey Home" and can't wait for "Leaves" all by Michael Baron.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story developed at a good pace, and it was absent of cliches that commonly plague the genre.
Definitely will read more from the author
This was my first Michael Baron read & I'm sorry but it was just to slow for me. Good writing, other than that.Published 4 months ago by Bones
I had a hard time believing that it wasn't a true story - I was captivated by the characters & hopeful for a good ending. Read morePublished 7 months ago by redjac50
This book was uneventful and now I will read the sequel only because it's on my Kindle. Don't waste good reading time on this one.Published 8 months ago by Lori
I enjoyed the reality of the storyline. It made you feel like I'm was a pa
Excellent storyline. It made me feel like I was part of it.