My Sunshine Away

My Sunshine Away

[a Novel]

Large Print - 2015
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It's a Baton Rouge neighborhood known for cookouts on summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But late one evening in the summer of 1989, fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson experiences a horrible crime near her home, and an idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia shows its dark side. This acutely wise and deeply honest debut is about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and the ability to forgive.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2015, ©2015.
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410478238
Branch Call Number: LPE FICTION WAL
Characteristics: 455 pages (large print)


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In the summer of 1989, 15-yearold
Lindy Simpson, free spirit,
track star, and belle of the block,
experiences a horrible crime late
one evening near her home. It
soon becomes apparent that her
idyllic stretch of suburbia has an
unexpected dark side.

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Apr 09, 2018

Story about growing up in Baton Rouge LA. the main character has a crush on a his neighbor, but does something that perhaps sets her future on a downward course. He experiences obsession, guilt, and tries to help her, but cannot.
Well written and an interesting story.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Apr 16, 2016

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

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.

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.

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.

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Jun 03, 2017

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