26 March 2013

Today's Read: When She Was Gone by Gwendolen Gross

What happens to a suburban community when a seventeen-year-old girl goes missing right before she's supposed to leave for college? Are Linsey Hart's neighbors more worried about her fate or about being exposed for who they really are?

Mr. Leonard was the last person to see seventeen-year-old Linsey Hart before she vanished into the steamy blue of a late-summer morning. He was sitting on the black-lacquered piano bench in the bay window, practicing and singing, wordlessly, along with the Schumann Kinderscenen. The window was open only a crack, but Mr. Leonard could still detect the wormy smell of the sidewalk as the sun struck the puddles from last night's downpour. He held his fingers over the keys to listen to the silence between songs, the breath at the end of the poem lines. Mr. Leonard loved quiet as much as he loved sound.
When She Was Gone by Gwendolen Gross (Simon & Schuster / Gallery Books, 2013, p. 3)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: Sycamore Street, suburbia; life behind closed doors
  • Circumstances: a teen goes missing; secrets revealed; neighborhood torn apart
  • Characters: Linsey (seventeen and missing), Mr. Leonard (piano teacher), Abigail (Linsey's outcast mother), Reeva (neighborhood social director), Timmy (Lnsey's boyfriend), George (eleven-year-old neighborhood spy)
  • Genre: contemporary, coming of age, community in crisis
  • Themes: community; secrets; adultery; parenting; music
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ISBN-13: 9781451684742

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Sandy Nawrot 3/26/13, 6:39 AM  

I'm looking forward to hearing more about this one from you. Good reviews on this one...

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 3/26/13, 6:48 AM  

I do like the sound of this one and hadn't heard of it before. Thanks so much for joining us today.

bermudaonion 3/26/13, 7:23 AM  

Oh, how I love books like that!

Anonymous,  3/26/13, 8:01 AM  

Yes, keep reading - sounds good.

Laurel-Rain Snow 3/26/13, 8:21 AM  

Yes, definitely! This book has been on my radar, and after reading this intro, I'm very curious.


Harvee 3/26/13, 8:29 AM  

On the top levels of my pile of book to read. Just reviewed another book on a missing teen....

Tiffany Drew 3/26/13, 9:41 AM  

This one is also on my reading list. I can't read enough stories about missing persons, especially teens/children.

My Teaser

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian 3/26/13, 9:51 AM  

Sounds intriguing...I would read on. Here's my Tuesday selection: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/03/first-chapter-first-paragraph-6-and.html

Paulita 3/26/13, 10:05 AM  

The smell of the worms was a detail that definitely caught me. I'd keep going. Here's Mine

JoAnn 3/26/13, 11:28 AM  

Can't wait to learn more about this one...

Beth Hoffman 3/26/13, 11:52 AM  

I've not heard of this book before. It sounds fascinating!

Alice Audrey 3/26/13, 12:09 PM  

This one paints a real nice mental picture. I like it.

Jenn's Bookshelves 3/26/13, 12:38 PM  

I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on this one. I wasn't a fan, but I'm among the few who feel this way!

Pooch 3/26/13, 2:03 PM  

That is a beautifully written scene. I think I'd enjoy this writing style. Hope it's a good read for you.


Zibilee 3/26/13, 2:03 PM  

I like the gentleness of the writing in the quote that you shared. It sounds like this one is similar to a lot of the other books that have missing teen girls, but something about it makes me think that this one is very different.

Julie P. 3/26/13, 7:16 PM  

This sounds right up my alley!

The Relentless Reader 3/26/13, 8:28 PM  

Oooh, this sounds interesting. I'm kinda in love with the cover too!

Melissa O. 3/26/13, 9:01 PM  

Interesting teaser -- I like the author's writing style!

Here's my TEASER TUESDAYS post.

Unknown 3/27/13, 9:43 AM  

Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing!

Heather 3/27/13, 1:23 PM  

Sounds like one I might like. My teaser

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