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The debut novel everyone is talking about...
The last page is as satisfying as the first.” Kathryn Stockett
I really loved this book... I can't praise it enough.”Anne Rice
It's a book to read and reread, one that will only get better with time.”Tom Franklin
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 Simpsonfree spirit, track star, and belle of the blockexperiences 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.
Milton O’Neal Walsh, Jr.’s stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Epoch, and Best New American Voices, among others. He is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Mississippi and is currently the director of the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans, where he lives and works, happily, with his wife and family.