Books: While I Was Gone By Sue Miller

By Sue Miller

Her three daughters grown and newly flown, her veterinary practice in full bloom and her marriage to a minister comfortably loving, Joey Becker is just beginning to feel vaguely dissatisfied with her predictable life when Eli Mayhew, a housemate from her hippie past, moves to town. His presence both reawakens questions about an old, unsolved murder and kindles in Joey what she has been hungering for: a youthful "sense of a surprise, that heady sense of not knowing" what life will bring. While the lengthy, earnest flashback to the '60s never quite rises above the expected, Joey's return to the '90s...

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