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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 02/07/2015
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My Sunshine Away is an extraordinary debut novel from M. O. Walsh, a dazzling new literary voice. Welcome to Woodland Hills, Louisiana: a place of lush, sweltering summers, neighbourhood cookouts in every backyard and vats of chilled beer under the crepe myrtles. A terrible crime is just about to take place... One day Lindy Simpson cycles home from school and straight into a trap: someone is lying in wait for her, a wire strung between lampposts blocking the path. She is raped just yards from her front door. No one sees a thing and the perpetrator is not caught. Her fourteen year old neighbour has cherished a crush on Lindy, the ultimate girl next door, since they were kids. After her assault he becomes determined to solve the crime, investigating each suspect in the neighbourhood. But before this long, hot summer is out, it will become clear that the friendly community of Woodland Hills has much to hide. Behind every white picket fence in suburbia lies a tangled web of darkness. In his zeal to solve the mystery, the teenage detective stumbles across a sinister world he doesn't recognise, drawing ever closer to a terrifying denouement. My Sunshine Away is an extraordinary debut novel from a unique new literary voice. Childhood in small-town America is filled with dreamy, technicolour days of innocence, but beneath the homely comforts and familiarity, this world is rotten to its very core. For every fan of The Lovely Bones and The Virgin Suicides comes a new and haunting tale of disturbance in suburbia.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241011881
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 29 mm


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Gripping and wonderful, vivid and brilliant. I loved it * Emma Healey, bestselling author of Elizabeth is Missing *
Try and restrain yourself from flying through the pages of this wonderful novel. Instead savour this lush Louisiana mystery that takes you back to what life tasted like when you were still somewhat naive to the ways of the world. Not just Southern but American in its vivid Baton Rouge colours and scents, treetops and grasses... The last page is as satisfying as the first. A mystery you cannot wait to solve. -- Kathryn Stockett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Help
I am in awe, swept up in the quiet beauty of the prose and the wisdom and compassion of the narrator. I can't praise it enough. My Sunshine Away is realism at its finest, a page turner about love, obsession, and pain. Beautiful, memorable, remarkable - I really loved this book. -- Anne Rice, #1 bestselling author of 'Prince Lestat'
Insightful and enthralling, it maintains its suspense throughout * Daily Mail *
Melancholy and moving, this debut captures the challenges of adulthood and the sorrows of youth. * Sunday Express *
It's beautifully written and almost impossible to put down * Buzzfeed *
Both a tantalizing mystery and a tender coming-of-age story, My Sunshine Away is equally capable of making a reader cry and scream. Unputdownable * Oprah Magazine *
This compelling coming-of-ages story is skilfully told, and explores the failings of children and adults alike with compassion * Financial Times *
This is literature of the highest order. Although the book snaps with the tautness of a thriller, My Sunshine Away also asks essential questions, like how much responsibility we have to each other, and whether we can we ever fully reassemble the pieces of broken lives. We need more novelists with the guts and clarity of M.O. Walsh -- Matthew Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves
If you start this novel, you will not put it down. My Sunshine Away is a riveting, suspenseful, page-turning mystery. It is also a wise, insightful, and beautifully written novel. This is an extraordinary debut -- Jill McCorkle, New York Times bestselling author of Life After Life
Walsh's word-perfect rendering of the doubts, insecurities, bravado, and idealism of teens deserves to be placed in the hands of readers of Tom Franklin, Hannah Pittard, and Jeffrey Eugenides... -- Booklist
My Sunshine Away is that rarest find, a page-turner you want to read slowly and a literary novel you can't look away from. At times funny, at times spine-tinglingly suspenseful, and at times wise... It's a book to read and reread. I'm already excited about M. O. Walsh's next book -- Tom Franklin, bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
M.O. Walsh has written one of the best books I've read in a long while. An outstanding examination of the way that the past and the weight of our memories shape us... My Sunshine Away feels utterly original. -- Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang
My Sunshine Away is so much more than a mystery; it's [a] love letter to youth and to possibility. This is an awe-inspiring debut, magic -- Hannah Pittard, author of Reunion andThe Fates Will Find Their Way
M. O. Walsh's My Sunshine Away reminds us that art can be wrenching and a delight, that pain - if examined through wit, intimacy, and wisdom - can be a salve. This novel is great. -- Darin Strauss, internationally bestselling author of Half a Life
Beautiful sentences, a mystery at the heart of the story, characters who consistently surprise...The opening grab[bed] me and the ending refuse[d] to let go. I finished reading the book both wiser and sadder than when I started. -- Steve Yarbrough, author of The Realm of Last Chances
Recalls the best of Pat Conroy... Celebrate, fiction lovers: the gods of Southern gothic storytelling have inducted a junior member * Kirkus Reviews *
Much more than a simple coming-of-age story...Rarely does a new author display the skill to develop a page-turner with such a literary tone. Readers of both popular and literary fiction will get their fixes from this novel. * Library Journal *
An extraordinary debut * Good Housekeeping *
Sure to be a breakout debut... This stunning and gracefully written debut is a total page-turner until the very end * Entertainment Weekly *
Walsh's Baton Rouge is a highly nuanced nowheresville that could match Anne Tyler's Baltimore. * The Guardian *
My Sunshine Away gleams * Vanity Fair *

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This story is about a delicate subject. There were four suspects in the rape of teenager Lindy Simpson. This crime would of been impossible during the daylight, when kids would of... More

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