A Long Time Gone

A Long Time Gone THE ULTIMATE VOICE OF WOMEN S FICTION Fresh FictionWhen Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta she swore never to go back But in the spring nine years to the day since she d left that

  • Title: A Long Time Gone
  • Author: Karen White
  • ISBN: 9780451468550
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Paperback
  • THE ULTIMATE VOICE OF WOMEN S FICTION Fresh FictionWhen Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back But in the spring, nine years to the day since she d left, that s what happens Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children.What she hopes to find is solace with her dear grandmother who raised her, THE ULTIMATE VOICE OF WOMEN S FICTION Fresh FictionWhen Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back But in the spring, nine years to the day since she d left, that s what happens Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children.What she hopes to find is solace with her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right Instead Vivien is forced into the unexpected role of caretaker, challenging her personal quest to find the girl she once was But things will change again in ways Vivien cannot imagine A violent storm has revealed 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 them for generationsADERS GUIDE INCLUDED

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    1. It took me a while to settle to this novel, which tells the story of a family of women in Indian Mound Mississippi. The story starts with Vivien Walker Moise in 2013 and the discovery of bones on the family property she has returned to after a nine year absence. But who do the bones belong to? Just as I was getting interested in that, it changes to Adelaide Walker Bodine in 1920. When she was ten Adelaide’s mother had jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge. Then it returns to Vivien’s story and [...]

    2. This is one of those books that you get to the end and you mourn a little because it's over. I loved this book. What made it 5 stars for me, and not 4, is the writing. I am crushing on this author's writing style. It was beautiful. She added so much depth to the characters and the setting that I felt I was right there. I loved the attention to detail with all the characteristics, dialogue, mannerisms, gestures, emotion. That was my favorite part. I would definitely read this again. Half of this [...]

    3. Karen White is by far my favorite southern fiction writer but, sadly, her latest novel just did not live up to what I've come to expect from her. I felt like there were too many stories going on which made the storyline move very slowly. I really did not feel any sympathy for any of the characters with the only exception being Adelaide. I think that White's wonderful writing style shone through best in Adelaide's story and I wish she had just stuck with that and included Booties story which got [...]

    4. Mothers staying, mothers leaving, daughters staying, daughters leaving.When Vivian Walker returns after nine years, she happens upon the scene of an uprooted tree with human bones exposed. She also finds her mother who is in the early stages of dementia. Whose bones could they be? Why did the skeleton have half of a necklace that when complete would say: I Love You Forever.Could Mathilda, the 104-year-old servant know the answer about the necklace? That necklace and its saying played a major par [...]

    5. Wow! This book deserves to be read by everyone I know. I had known Karen White was a great writer before I read this book, but this was amazing; one of the best books I've read this year. The characters were so real and their past so intriguing that I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it to everyone!

    6. When Vivien Walker Moise returned to her childhood home in Indian Mound, Mississippi, she had been gone a long time. She brings with her a nine-year legacy of pain and loss, with emotional scarring that needs to heal. Can she find healing in this old yellow house? In LA, she has left behind her cruel ex-husband Mark, but she has also lost her step-daughter Chloe, whom she loves. Mark has taken out a restraining order to prevent contact between them. Vivien developed a pill habit, partially with [...]

    7. Did LOVE this it's a great mystery with historical elements as well. It's also a novel abt realizing that life isn't always better/ greener someplace else. It's a novel about forgiveness,acceptance, and second chances. For different reasons I loved all of the women in the walker womens the second book EVER that had my hand cooperated I would have highlighted several passages. Only other book to affect me that way was unwritten also read this year. Long time gone is very easily in my top 3 so far [...]

    8. This is a story about three generations of Southern women (really, it's four generations, but essentially skips one of them for some reason) wrapped around a somewhat engrossing mystery story. Adelaide's story takes place in the 1920s. Bootsie, her daughter, we pretty much skip. Carol Lynne's story (Bootsie's daughter) takes place from the '60s to the early '00s, and the lead character, Vivien (Carol Lynne's daughter), is present day. The characters are utterly one-dimensional (a goodie-goodie, [...]

    9. So, I've been in a bit of a rut. I'm having a really hard time finding books that hold my interest after reading The Game of Thrones series. I bought this book by Karen White and could not put it down. Loved it!

    10. This is one of the best books I have ever read! Thank you for the advanced copy I won!Vivian Walker returns to Indian Mound, Mississippi, the home she left after 9 years. Like all four generation Walker women that have lived in the same house they leave, but return again to where they belong. Vivian, now divorced & motherless, returns because she misses her grandmother, Bootsie; however, Bootsie is no longer alive, and Vivian's estranged mother has dementia. As soon as she arrives, she sees [...]

    11. This book was as satisfying as a slice of peanut butter pie savored on a wide front veranda on a hot summer day. There is something so comforting to me about stories of the South. Especially when those stories feature strong female characters, as this one did.It's told in the distinct voices of three women from three different generations: Adelaide, her granddaughter Carole Lynne and her great-granddaughter Vivien. This is the first book I've ever read by Karen White, but she appears to excel at [...]

    12. A Long Time Gone is just the sort of women’s fiction I adore, its story wise and beautifully told. What’s more, I cannot resist a novel that threads a lyrical narrative with mystery and suspense, plus more than a dash of winsome romance. From its first lines, you know you’re reading the work of an artist, a master at her craft. And yet words never get in the way of its warm heart.The very first Karen White novel I read, The Memory of Water, I still consider one of her best. (It so happens [...]

    13. This multi-generational Southern tale, set in the Mississippi Delta, held promise, but I had a very, very hard time relating to the main character, Vivien. She's so determined to be a self-absorbed, selfish, prescription-addicted train wreck when she so clearly isn't that I had no sympathy for her character whatsoever. Her motivations (irresponsible, hippy mom and a bad marriage, complete with a late-term miscarriage) just didn't seem to warrant her weak-kneed, run-away-and-take-a-pill responses [...]

    14. This is a well woven story of 4 generations of women. It goes chapter to chapter with the story of each, and how they all came back to their roots for the love of their children. I really enjoyed all the characters, and I think Karen White is an excellant storyteller. This is the first book I've read by her. I will look forward to reading her other works. I recommend this if you like multi generational, or historical fiction. It is a ligh, clean read. I'm passing it to my Mom to enjoy!

    15. I loved this multi-generational story, and I especially loved that the story was told from various points of view. Once I got into the story, I couldn't put it down! I just had to know how it all played out, who the body was, and how she died! One of my favorite characters was Chloe, since my children are around her age. I can't wait to read more books by this author. I received this book for free through First Reads.

    16. Without a doubt, one of my top reads of the year so far! Emotional and completely engrossing. Highly recommended!

    17. The overall plot is very good and better written than "The Beach Trees" (the only other K. White book I've read up to now); however, I found the characters and events hard to follow at times with all the jumping around in time making all the details and events difficult to retain with this rather long story. Halfway through I almost gave up, but decided to complete the book by reading the Adelaide renditions through and then went back to the Vivien and Carol Lynne narratives, which helped me fol [...]

    18. When I began to read I was so impressed by Karen White's beautiful, layered language this was not a "beach book", but much more intense. I did find that I got somewhat bogged down by keeping character's straight and towards the end I was speed reading I figured out the identity of the skeleton exposed under the cypress tree about half way through. I must say I also found many similarities to other books such as The Help due to the timeframesohibition, bootlegging, racism, commune living, drug ab [...]

    19. A Long Time Gone was a mediocre read. There were many aspects of this book that I enjoyed immensely - such as the historical setting (Mississippi Delta in the 1920s during the Great Flood and Prohibition), the author's descriptive writing and the story told through the perspective of three Walker women. However, the novel had several detracting flaws. For starters, the life of one of the Walker women was completely ignored. Second, abandonment of family and return to the home were major themes i [...]

    20. Karen White has written books I love. This one wasn't really one of them. I think that successfully pulling three life stories in three time periods is difficult. Always, it seems to me, at least one voice isn't as strong as it should be. I find that almost always to be the modern voice, and that was the case here. Vivi is the least vivid of the characters, and the oversimplification of her drug use paired with excessive description of her clothes didn't work for me. I found her ex-husband too s [...]

    21. One of Karen White's best! I love her depiction of southern life and it's many strong traditions - the good, bad and ugly, and the fact that her characters are human, flawed, real. I like the way this story is told through the experiences and perspective of three generations of women, all deeply influenced and impacted by the people and events that have come before each of them. At the center of it all is a mystery that unfolds along the way. One of those books that was hard to put down, made me [...]

    22. I love Karen White and her style of writing. However, A Long Time Gone wasn't my favorite by her. She did create strong southern women as is her style but there were just too many stories going on. I loved Adelaide story; I wish Bootsie's story had been more developed. Of course, I look forward to reading more by Karen White!Go Cards! L1C4!!

    23. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book, which is why I'm reviewing well before the publish date. In the beginning, I admit I had a tough time getting into the characters, but once I did get into the characters, this book easily became one I couldn't put down. I just wanted to see how both stories ended, as this was another book with two separate, yet linked storylines going on. This book is a must read for the summer!

    24. This is a multi-generational story full of dramatic history and deep family secrets. Told from three different perspectives and time periods spanning from the mid 1920's, the 1960's through to current day. With themes of abandonment and maternal love it is a novel about tradition and families, love and forgiveness, second chances, digging down deep to find the truth whatever the risk. Towards the end, I felt the author was in a bit of a rush to reach the somewhat predictable conclusion.

    25. No review, no rating. At about 1/3rd point I have abandoned. Too redundant, too whining, too slow and no connection whatsoever with these characters. Wordy without any connection of interest for me.

    26. I really enjoyed this book! I liked the way that the story moved from one time to another, from one generation to another, and back. However, I wish I had started making some notes about who the characters and their families were from the very beginning. At times I got confused (it's difficult to flip back pages with a Kindle and reread the start of each chapter!) Karen White has a way with words that makes you feel as though you're right in the middle of the story.

    27. This was a great story which I really enjoyed! The story was about three generations of women from the same family based in the Mississippi Delta. Each woman’s story was different and yet interesting. The story was about family, rediscovery, family secrets, love, starting over and strength with a touch of mystery involved that kept me reading. Definitely one I’d recommend.

    28. this book was extremely well written and so intricately woven together that I found I couldn't put it down. The reader will find herself pulled into the story line and actually picturing these characters/family members as someone they might know or relate to.I loved this book so much I bought it and have started buying all of Karen White's novels that I can get my hands on.

    29. openbooksociety/article/a-Brought to you by OBS reviewer DanieleI found A Long Time Gone to be quite an enjoyable read. It recounts the story of four generations of one Mississippi family, women who seem to have a legacy of leaving those they love. Told from three different points of view, all in the first person, it weaves several story lines together. The novel encompasses several genres, including chick lit, mystery, romance, and historical fiction. Themes include loss, rising above adversity [...]

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