Every once in a while I run across a story that catches me off guard and takes my breath away. My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh, now available in paperback, is a beautiful coming of age story, with page turning tension that makes this both fast paced, as well as something be savored.
From the back of the book:
"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.
This story is so beautifully done; I was made to feel both deep regret and uplifting hope. While it is the story of a particular area and time, it is excited in a way that makes it a timeless story about humanity, in both its darkness and its light.
Being a mystery fan, as you well know, I did really enjoy that element of the story as well. I also happen to love the area where it took place and enjoyed hearing such a detailed history. I was really able sink into the setting. If you are looking a rich coming of age tale, I recommend this one.
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