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Gone: A Novel Hardcover – June 19, 2012

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“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

About the Author

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, Glamour, Self, Parenting, Whole Living, and other magazines. She lives with her family in western Massachusetts. Visit her website at CathiHanauer.com.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145162641X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451626414
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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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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