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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Patty Pick for 1/22/15 is MY SUNSHINE AWAY by MO Walsh

My Sunshine Away
M.O. Walsh

The first thing I noticed about this book was the excellent writing. The rich descriptions immediately put me in the setting of Baton Rouge and the Piney Creek neighborhood. I went back through the book again to find the narrator's name, but realized it was not there for a reason. The reader can put themselves in the story and experience what happened before and after the summer that 15 year old Lindy Simpson was raped on a warm summer night. 
The juxtaposition of a young boy's obsessive love for his ideal girl who he imagines is Lindy and the memories and feelings that came years later after time and history has past. Our grown-up narrator comes to the realization that the adventures and feelings he has for people in his life during his childhood can 
translate to life lessons for him now. This knowledge makes him want a live a full life that is lived in the moment and to pass this knowledge along to his own kids. This is a coming of age book with a healthy dose of thriller as our young narrator tries to find the perpetrator of the rape of his Lindy. He does finally solve the mystery and you will enjoy the journey, but you will be surprised when he finds out who did it! A good book not to be missed!