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Book Review: A LONG TIME GONE by Karen White

June 6, 2014 4:57 pm by: Category: Books Leave a comment A+ / A-

A Long Time GoneHailing from the deep South, I was pleased to kick off my summer reading with a book like Karen’s. It brought back wonderful memories of my childhood home and longing for a picnic under a large oak tree. Upon entering the world Karen White depicts in her latest novel, A Long Time Gone, you are transformed to the southern Mississippi town of Indian Mound. It’s a fantastic summer beach read that feels like a mystery or thriller, leaving you unable to put it down and hoping the story never ends. White remains culturally and historically accurate as she does in her other novels, but her southern charm and class explicitly shine through this time around.

A Long Time Gone is the story of Vivien, the youngest in a long line of strong women who always seem to find their way home to rural Mississippi, despite their best efforts to leave the town in their dust. Vivien desperately wants to disappear into the sunset and avoid any and all family drama. Her belief that escaping will solve all her problems couldn’t be less true. While trying to discover the secret behind the human remains recently found on the property of the family plantation home, you are thrust into the private life of the residents of rural Indian Mound, MS. Any reader will enjoy piecing together the puzzle that unfolds. I often found myself walking while reading, barely able to pull myself away from the book, and I never do that!

Surrounded by the burdens of secrets, abandonment, escapism, and familial love, the reader is shifted back and forth in time, gaining insight into the deepest thoughts of three generations of women: Adelaide, Carol Lynne, and Vivien. If you’ve never read a book in one day, you’ll quickly feel like this one you can’t put down. It leaves you wanting to solve the mystery within every chapter and every page. Thankfully, I was only left wondering, “When’s the movie coming out?”.

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About Catarina Gutierrez

Catarina Gutierrez is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer. She has worked in the book world since 2008 and reserves a special space in her heart (and wallet) for local neighborhood bookstores. She started her own personal library (with cards and stamps!) this year and hopes to leave books in every city she visits, thus spreading the power of print worldwide. Catarina is thrilled to serve as Books Editor for DanaBarrett.com and looks forward to meeting a new audience of readers. When not reading or writing, Catarina hikes up hills, gardens, and designs jewelry. Catarina calls Atlanta her hometown and loves the Atlanta Braves. She has traveled to exotic locations like New Zealand and Australia where she completed her first novel in 2013. A coffee snob at heart, she can be found in any city’s hottest coffeehouse or roasting her own coffee at home. She hopes to venture to the coffee farms of Java and Costa Rica very soon. Catarina currently resides in Portland, Oregon where she bikes everywhere and is defending the title of Greatest Aunt in the World

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