My Sunshine Away

My Sunshine Away

Book - 2015
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"My Sunshine Away unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson, free spirit, track star, and belle of the block, experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too. In My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh brilliantly juxtaposes the enchantment of a charmed childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families, and consuming adolescent love. Acutely wise and deeply honest, it is an astonishing and page-turning debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and our ability to forgive."--
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780399169526
Characteristics: 306 pages ;,24 cm.

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Ginger_44
Jun 03, 2017

M.O. Walsh writes concisely, but still with eloquence and imagery in My Sunshine Away. This mystery stems from a seemingly safe and generous neighborhood with kind people - but there are unknown things going on behind everyone's walls and fences. The main character is well-developed from an obsessive young boy to an unruly teenager; all his young life he worries over a girl, Lindy, who, as a teenager, was attacked in the neighborhood he and Lindy lived in. After, this, no lives were the same again.

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becker
Sep 16, 2016

This coming of age novel is simply told and well written. It focuses around a young boy's infatuation and obsession with a girl in his neighbourhood. The tragic rape of this young girl and the mystery that surrounds it supplies an undertone of tension. This was a fast engaging read and I would be happy to read anything else this author publishes.

JCLHelenH Aug 03, 2016

Close your eyes for a moment and remember the gang. You know, the one from your old neighborhood. Those kids you ran wild with when it was OK to be kids outdoors. Now imagine an act of violence by an unidentified assailant against one of those friends, and you’ve got M.O. Walsh’s My Sunshine Away.

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Minkelina
Jun 05, 2016

A rich, deeply complex novel that is also beautifully written. A picture of a young man's coming to understand himself and the world. Absolutely worth reading.

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larsxbooks
May 20, 2016

The finest book I've read in a long time. It's been about a year since I read it, and it still haunts me. Walsh is such a fine writer; I was torn between admiration of his craft and jealousy that I may never be this good no matter how hard I try. Powerful and stunning.

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mama060811
Apr 16, 2016

loved this book! I couldn't put it down.

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stephaniedchase
Apr 06, 2016

Yes, about the very personal aftermaths of a rape in a close-knit neighborhood, but also about the secret lives of boys and the realization of how little we know about our neighbors.

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SoftFire
Dec 01, 2015

A tedious read. A narrator who does not grow. I skipped to the end after the first several chapters in the hopes I would learn something interesting or shocking that would encourage me to continue reading only to find the narrator twice as old and entirely unchanged.

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sagewolfe
Nov 02, 2015

This book pulled me back after setting it down and saying I would go no further. It is amazingly well written, compelling, ominous, and true to it's era. I found Walsh's take on a home-town tragedy disturbing in a way that I could not ignore. The human tendency to stare in passing at another person's misfortune was the sum total of the author's brilliance. The crime, the discomfort of adolescence, and the cringing moments of lives lived in deep south suburbia. You might disdain loving this book, but read it anyway.

aemerced Jul 03, 2015

The ending was the best part. I had a hard time in the beginning, but I got into it about half-way through.

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Jun 03, 2017

Ginger_44 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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