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A Long Time Gone | [Karen White]

A Long Time Gone

When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she'd left, that's exactly what happens - Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children. What she hopes to find is solace with "Bootsie", her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories.
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Publisher's Summary

"We Walker women were born screaming into this world, the beginning of a lifelong quest to find what would quiet us. But whatever drove us away was never stronger than the pull of what brought us back...."

When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she' d left, that' s exactly what happens - Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children. What she hopes to find is solace with "Bootsie", her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories. Now Vivien is forced into the unexpected role of caretaker, challenging her personal quest to find the girl she herself once was. But for Vivien things change in ways she cannot imagine when a violent storm reveals the remains of a long-dead woman buried near the Walker home, not far from the cypress swamp that is soon to give up its ghosts. Vivien knows there is now only one way to rediscover herself - by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted her them for generations.

©2014 Harley House Books, LLC (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    deb 07-09-14
    deb 07-09-14
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    "Finally! A book I can't put down."
    Would you listen to A Long Time Gone again? Why?

    I don't usually do that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The generational family issues, the best narrators, and a good mystery as well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 07-17-14
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    "Sweet as sweet potato pie!"
    If you could sum up A Long Time Gone in three words, what would they be?

    fun, engaging, historical


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All three main characters were so well described and represented that I felt I knew them.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not that I remember


    If you could take any character from A Long Time Gone out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Bootsie, she was just a side liner, only represented as a baby and then as she related to the main characters. I would love to hear her experience.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a really enjoyable listen. It had a predictable romantic theme but even how that developed was good. I loved having the opportunity to feel like I was living in three different eras with the women.

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    Margaret 07-06-14
    Margaret 07-06-14

    Tell me about a good book. No other gifts necessary.

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    This is a hidden gem. Another story of a woman seeking to know her mother and being able to forgive her shortcomings, this one is told from multiple generations and perspectives - all so relevant to the plot and main characters developments. The range of characters are endearing, enraging, and so memorable. I found this book to be a perfect summer read. The author created such a vivid place and mood that I slipped into the Mississippi delta and did not want to return home. I will be thinking about this book for some time to come, returning to it at times, and most definitely passing it on to all of my friends.

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