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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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  • Becky-Ann D
  • 01-30-18

Touching

I read this book for a book club and it's reception by the participants was mixed. Many people did not like it for being too inward-looking and lacking a story as such. However, having experience of mental health issues myself and within my family over many years, I found it to be a touching, poignant and reliable account. As with many audio books, I found the narration somewhat obtrusive at first, mainly as it necessarily imposes a voice that the reader may not envisage. This is unavoidable but I soon accepted the style of the narrators as more natural, and enjoyed the reading. I loved and felt for the well drawn and multi faceted characters, enjoying the chapter structures that covered their different points of view. Mental health issues are definitely something that has a wide reaching effect on family members, beyond the original sufferer, and this was conveyed effectively throughout the book. Doubtless, the book was not an easy read/listen die to its convincingness but it was well worth it, as a shared experience of family trauma, with some welcoms lighthearted moments.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-18

Haunting

Deeply felt emotions run through this novel. The pain of loss and a family who deal with it in their own way in their own time. I enjoy the circle of perspectives leaving one to gain a deeper understanding through the voice of a different character. Sad yet beautiful.

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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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