When You Went Away

Only a few months ago, Gerry Rubato had everything he thought he needed from life. He was passionately in love with his college sweetheart after nearly twenty years of marriage, he had a bright, independent-minded daughter, and he had the surprising addition of a new child on the way. Then everything changed with stunning rapidity. With little explanation, his daughter ran away with her older boyfriend. Then, only a month after giving birth to their son, his wife died suddenly.


Now, Gerry needs to be everything to his infant child while he contends with two losses he can barely comprehend. And when a woman walks into his life as a friend and their relationship verges on something more, Gerry must redefine all that he knows about himself, about love, about loyalty, and about his dreams.


When You Went Away was my first novel after several works of nonfiction and it was both a joy and a bit of a nightmare to write like this for the first time. I knew I wanted to write about being a father and I knew I wanted to write a love story, and the novel grew organically out of that. I'd heard novelists talk about falling in love with their characters, but I didn't truly understand what they meant until I wrote When You Went Away. These characters still pop up in my head regularly, especially Gerry and little Reese, who manages to upstage all the other characters in every scene in which he appears.


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