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While I Was Gone

(1999)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Oprah's Book Club Best Book (nominee)
Amazon.co.uk ReviewIn her still startling debut, The Good Mother, Sue Miller explored the premium we put on passion--and the terrible burden it places on a mother and child. Her fourth novel, While I Was Gone, is another study in familial crime and punishment. But this time, her wife and good mother is accessory to more than emotional malfeasance. Jo Becker has everything a woman could desire: a loving spouse, contented children and a nice dog or two. When her New England veterinary practice takes on a new client, however, her past comes back to haunt her. Long ago, it seems, Jo had escaped her family and identity for a commune in Cambridge. Her Aquarian illusions came to an abrupt, bloody end when one of her housemates was brutally murdered.

Now this unhappy era returns in the person of Eli Mayhew, who had been the odd man out in Jo's boho household. His appearance is both tantalising and upsetting:
"Inside, I slowed down. I felt numbed. I had two last patients, and then I told Beattie to go home, that I'd close up ... I re-filed the last charts, sprayed and wiped the examining table. I reviewed my list of routine surgeries for Wednesday. All the while I was thinking of Eli Mayhew, and of Dana and Larry and Duncan and me, and our lives in the house. Of the horrible way it had all ended."
Sue Miller's fine novel is a penetrating--and sensuous--portrait of a woman besieged by her conscience. While I Was Gone also demonstrates that in the face of distance and betrayal, a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing indeed. --Winnie Wheaton



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May 2000 : USA Library Binding
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February 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: While I Was Gone
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March 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: While I Was Gone
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January 1999 : USA Hardback
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January 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: While I Was Gone (Random House Large Print)
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February 1999 : USA Hardback

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1999 : USA Hardback
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March 2009 : UK Paperback
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March 2008 : UK Paperback
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May 2006 : UK Paperback
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April 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: While I Was Gone
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November 2002 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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February 2002 : UK Paperback
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December 2001 : UK Paperback
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February 1999 : USA Paperback
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February 1999 : USA Paperback
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February 2000 : UK Paperback
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February 2000 : USA Paperback
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January 2000 : UK Paperback
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March 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: While I Was Gone
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ISBN: 0-7475-4364-X / 978-0-7475-4364-0 (UK edition)
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March 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: While I Was Gone
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1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: While I Was Gone
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1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: WHILE I WAS GONE [A NOVEL]
Author(s): Sue MILLER
ISBN: 0-676-54946-2 / 978-0-676-54946-1 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

June 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: While I Was Gone
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June 2010 : UK Audio edition
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May 2010 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: While I Was Gone
Author(s): Sue Miller
ISBN: 1-4450-0249-3 / 978-1-4450-0249-1 (UK edition)
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May 2010 : UK Audio CD
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Title: While I Was Gone
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ISBN: 1-4450-0250-7 / 978-1-4450-0250-7 (UK edition)
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May 2010 : UK MP3 CD
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Title: While I Was Gone
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ISBN: 1-4450-0251-5 / 978-1-4450-0251-4 (UK edition)
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May 2010 : UK MP3 CD

Title: While I Was Gone
Author(s): Sue Miller
ISBN: 1-4450-0252-3 / 978-1-4450-0252-1 (UK edition)
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January 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: While I Was Gone
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ISBN: 0-7393-6571-1 / 978-0-7393-6571-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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December 2007 : USA Audio edition
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December 2007 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: While I Was Gone
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December 2007 : UK Audio edition
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Title: While I Was Gone
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May 2000 : USA Audio CD
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Title: While I Was Gone
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ISBN: 0-375-41665-X / 978-0-375-41665-1 (USA edition)
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February 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: While I Was Gone (Abridged)
Author(s): Sue Miller
ISBN: 0-375-41664-1 / 978-0-375-41664-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: While I Was Gone
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ISBN: 0-375-40563-1 / 978-0-375-40563-1 (USA edition)
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Kindle Editions

August 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: While I Was Gone: rejacketed
Author(s): Sue Miller
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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