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It was the summer everything changed...
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 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.
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 page-turning debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and our ability to forgive.
My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh is a novel that captivated me from the start. The author’s beautiful prose drew me in more than anything. Walsh is a gifted storyteller with the ability to share a haunting tale in a way that you will not forget.
I loved the setting of the story and thought the street seemed as if it was its own character. I could almost feel the sweltering Louisiana summer around me as I read. I thought the author took a very interesting approach with the narrator of the story and it really worked. I stayed up well past my bedtime to finish this one.
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