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Gone: A Novel Paperback – March 12, 2013
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"Hanauer delivers a novel that is rich with relatable characters, realistic in its approach and highly readable." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"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")
"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"
"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"
"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"
"Hanauer's crisp examination of a troubled family keenly depicts the mercurial nature of contemporary marriage and parenthood." --"Booklist"
""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"
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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!
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.
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?
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty good, a bit depressing and drawn out, bit overall interestingPublished on July 18, 2014 by Sp
This story appeared to me as what you would get when combining several typical young families found across America in to one. Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by Jeremy
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 morePublished on March 23, 2014 by Sylvia Sweet
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 morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Luvinia Walker
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 morePublished on October 8, 2013 by Wendy L. Hines
Nice book.. had some real life issues.. I wouldn't say it was amazing but I definitely could relate to the characters... Decent ReadPublished on August 26, 2013 by Mai Tai
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 morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Gina Michalowski