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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, February 2015 - Set in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the late eighties and early nineties, this rich atmospheric novel unfolds like a mystery. Gripping from the opening line, My Sunshine Away blends beautifully descriptive writing with thrilling suspense. The story comes together through the adolescent memories of the narrator, a neighborhood boy infatuated with Lindy Simpson – the athletic and popular teen that lives down just down his suburban street. Lindy is brutally raped one summer evening, and the narrator happens to be one of the four suspects in the unspeakable crime. With glowing praise from best-selling authors Katheryn Stockett and Anne Rice, this debut novel is not to be missed. —Regina, Audible Editor
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Publisher's Summary

My Sunshine Away 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 15-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.
In My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh 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 pause-register debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and our ability to forgive.
©2015 M.O. Walsh (P)2015 Penguin Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 04-06-15

Amazing

Unbelievably compelling debut novel. Read it with my book club and we were all blown away and ended up having a great meeting. My only criticism, and it is small, is that the narrator should have had a southern accent.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Rena on 06-20-15

Had to force myself to finish

This book got excellent reviews as a finely nuanced southern novel. I thought it a melodramatic mess and although I generally like this narrator--the husband in Gone Girl, this time he was reduced to petulant whining throughout. The overall experience was a downer story about an unbelievable and unlike able set of characters I only hope I can easily forget.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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