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Publisher's Summary

When Margaret's fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans or leave. She decides to marry him. This is the story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith, when their three children help their mother to care for Michael.

Told in alternating points of view by all five members of the family, this searing, gut-wrenching and yet frequently hilarious novel brings alive with remarkable poignancy the depth of family love.

©2016 Adam Haslett (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Imagine Me Gone is a beautiful, elegant, harrowing story of the dissonant music of family, a poignant book that makes you eager, once more, for the complications of the world." (Colum McCann)
"Imagine Me Gone is literature of the highest order. It manages to be both dreadfully sad and hilariously funny all at once. It is luminous with love." (Peter Carey, Man Booker Prize winner for History of the Kelly Gang)

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  • durthacht
  • 05-12-17

Wonderful

This is a wonderful story. It is deeply moving and tragic, but also ultimately inspirational. A couple more voice artists would have been welcome though to bring all the characters to life.

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  • ELIZABETH
  • 06-18-17

Poignant

Where does Imagine Me Gone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

About halfway down the track

What was one of the most memorable moments of Imagine Me Gone?

John asking his kids to imagine him gone.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The above scene

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Alec tries to wean Michael off drugs

Any additional comments?

John and his son Michael are memorable characters. The others don't really convince or inspire. The romance between Alec and Seth starts off as charming but becomes long-winded and tedious. Accolades to the readers, though.

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  • V T SPILLANE
  • 11-22-16

Beautifully observant writing.

What made the experience of listening to Imagine Me Gone the most enjoyable?

The writing is lovely - it is poignant and also wryly amusing. It is told from the persecutive of the main five characters, giving different insights into the story and family life.

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