A Long Time Gone

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Thorndike Press, Jun 4, 2014 - Fiction - 711 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 her them for generations.

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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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User Review  - suzyblack - LibraryThing

While I liked this book a great deal, I did find it getting tedious at times and somehow it is not one that I will remember for a long time. Sometimes that is the measure for me - some books stick ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Karen White was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended college at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Management. Her first book, In the Shadow of the Moon was a double finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. The Girl on Legare Street hit The New York Times Best Seller list in November 2009, and On Folly Beach in May 2010, which was also a NYT bestseller. Most of White's novels are based in the low-country of the southeastern United States. Some of her other titles include: The House on Tradd Street, The Lost Hours and The Memory of Water. Her title Sea Change made the New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. Her title's The Time Between and The Sound of Glass made the New York Times Best Seller List.

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