A Long Time Gone

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New American Library, 2014 - Fiction - 417 pages
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“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 them for generations.

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User Review  - delphimo - LibraryThing

I have never read Karen White and enjoyed this novel. I liked the three different voices: the grandmother, the mother, and the daughter. I felt the daughter's voice the least interesting and dynamic ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alphawoman - LibraryThing

Ok read on a slightly lame tragedy. Only lame because the outcome seemed unnecessary and contrived. Girl comes from a lon line of runaway moms. All return except for the great grandmother who ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Time Gone, The Time Between, Sea Change, The Beach Trees, On Folly Beach, After the Rain, Falling Home, and such Tradd Street novels as Return to Tradd Street, The Strangers on Montagu Street and The Girl on Legare Street. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two children near Atlanta, Georgia.

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