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My Sunshine Away af M. O. Walsh
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My Sunshine Away (udgave 2015)

af M. O. Walsh (Forfatter)

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This story unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson, free spirit, track star, and belle of the block, experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too. The author brilliantly juxtaposes the enchantment of a charmed childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families, and consuming adolescent love. Acutely wise and deeply honest, it is an astonishing and page-turning debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and our ability to forgive.… (mere)
Medlem:maryhollis
Titel:My Sunshine Away
Forfattere:M. O. Walsh (Forfatter)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2015), Edition: 1st, 320 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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My Sunshine Away af M.O. Walsh

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    Only Love Can Break Your Heart af Ed Tarkington (achedglin)
    achedglin: Both are well-written Southern gothic bildungsromans set roughly in the late 1980s. They both involve a central crime and betrayal of trust, but are both largely about community. They're not exactly the same, but a fan of one will probably appreciate the other.… (mere)
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    We Were the Mulvaneys af Joyce Carol Oates (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These literary coming-of-age novels each hauntingly explore the repercussions of a rape on small communities. A large family falls apart in We Were the Mulvaneys, while My Sunshine Away portrays the residents of a single street.
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Most poignant and understanding line about childhood and grief I've read in ages.
`But for every adult person you look up to in life there is trailing behind them an invisible chain gang of ghosts, all of which, as a child, you are generously spared from meeting.`

When M.O. is writing about being a teenager and what happened to him this book is wonderful. He goes off on a few tangents about Louisiana and Baton Rouge but these are just quibbles and they were still interesting. I can heartily recommend this book. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
My Sunshine Away is an absolutely outstanding debut novel by M.O. Walsh. Part character study, part mystery, this riveting coming of age story is poignant, thought-provoking and quite intriguing. It is a very atmospheric and rather nostalgic tale that recounts a young man's first love and the guilt and regret from a fateful summer that continue to reverberate well past adolescence.

Set in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during 1989, a quiet suburban street is rocked by a shocking crime. Early one summer evening, sixteen-year old Lindy Simpson is the victim of an horrific assault and while there are many suspects, the case is never officially solved. Lindy's neighbor, a fourteen year old boy, is deeply affected by the crime and years later, his unresolved guilt and regret from that time period prompt him to write his account of the long ago events.

The narrator of the story harbors an unrequited crush on Lindy and his awkward attempts to capture her attention are cringe worthy and border on obsession. He also counts himself among the list of suspects which makes him a rather unreliable narrator. Can his recollection of the events be trusted? Are his memories biased in his favor? No, he cuts himself no slack as he writes about his activities and describes in excruciating (and oftentimes embarrassing) detail the different ways he tries to capture Lindy's heart. Is he just an innocent young man earnestly trying to garner his true love's favor? Or is there a more sinister motive for his somewhat obsessive behavior? Or is he simply a young man who is trying to escape his own unhappy home life by fixating on someone else?

One by one, the narrator slowly divulges the identities of the other suspects. The narration goes off in seemingly unconnected directions as possible motives are revealed but each of the suspects is eventually cleared. Throughout the story, the neighborhood's secrets are also brought to light after the narrator decides that he needs to bring the perpetrator to justice so Lindy can finally put a face and name to her attacker.

My Sunshine Away is an incredibly well-written novel that is quite captivating. The plot is fascinating and the setting is brought vividly to life. The characters are fully developed and life-like. The time period is absolutely perfect and provides a certain degree of innocence and naiveté that would not be possible after the advent of cell phones, the internet and video games. But the most compelling part of storyline is learning who is responsible for Lindy's attack and M.O. Walsh does a brilliant job of obscuring the perpetrator's identity and the reason for the narrator's guilt right up until the novel's conclusion. All in all, a superb debut novel that I highly recommend. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
I recognize that this was a good book but I didn't like it, I'm glad I'm finally done and I can't work up the energy to justify my opinion.

Spoiler for myself and my bad memory: Long, depressing and very boring in stretches. Takes place in Baton Rouge. A teenaged girl named Lindy Simson is attacked and raped on her way home from track practice. Basically everyone in the neighborhood is a suspect including the creepy, dweeby, unlikeable narrator, her classmate who is obsessed with her. This idiot lets it be known at school that she was raped, which traumatizes her a second time and starts her on a downward spiral. After about a million pages, we finally learn that the idiot probably could have prevented her rape. While he was sneaking around outside to take up his usual post in the tree outside Lindy's bedroom window, he actually saw the rapist setting up the trap for Lindy, but didn't realize what he had seen until later. The rapist turns out to be a kid from the neighborhood who was mentioned in the beginning and then disappeared from the story. DO NOT READ THIS if you don't want to know what happened. ( )
  AngeH | Jan 2, 2020 |
In the summer of 1989, a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom is rocked by a violent crime when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson—free spirit, track star, and belle of the block—is attacked late one evening near her home.

For such a close-knit community, the suspects are numerous, and the secrets hidden behind each closed door begin to unravel. Even the young teenage boy across the street, our narrator, does not escape suspicion. It is through his eyes, still haunted by heartbreak and guilt many years later, that we begin to piece together the night of Lindy’sattack and its terrible rippling consequences on the once-idyllic community.

Both an enchanting coming-of-age story and a gripping mystery, My Sunshine Away reveals the ways in which our childhoods shape us, and what happens when those childhoods end. Acutely wise and deeply honest, this is an astonishing and page-turning debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and our ability to forgive.
  Gmomaj | Dec 7, 2019 |
My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh is a crime thriller that plays off in, what I’d like to call, more innocent times. A teenage boy (the narrator of this tale) has always had a crush on Lindy Simpson. Since they were young, he’s watched her from afar … While they played with the rest of the neigbourhood’s kids, he’s loved her. So, when Lindy gets raped on that quiet little suburban street where they both reside – and nobody hears or sees a thing – it’s no surprise that things change for the worst. The troublemaker boys are suspects, parents are on edge, kids are cruel … but worst of all, Lindy changes from a happy-go-lucky girl to something almost unrecognisable.

Our narrator, however, is still in love with her.

So much so, that he decides to search for the man who’s responsible for Lindy’s rape.

My Sunshine Away is a beautifully written book that’ll have you turning the pages from beginning to end. It tells a story of a world past, of love lost and found, of the darkness every person hides, but most of all it tells a story that’s memorable. It should be noted that although this book isn’t graphic – even though it revolves around a rape – the story is incredibly real at times … It’s a remarkable accomplishment for an author to achieve, in my opinion.

So if you’re in the mood for something real, something revolving around innocence lost, or something thriller-ish, then you must get your hands on My Sunshine Away.

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  MoniqueSnyman | Oct 3, 2019 |
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This story unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson, free spirit, track star, and belle of the block, experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too. The author brilliantly juxtaposes the enchantment of a charmed childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families, and consuming adolescent love. Acutely wise and deeply honest, it is an astonishing and page-turning debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and our ability to forgive.

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