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Gone

Gone

A Novel

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Called “beautiful, complicated, and often funny” by O, The Oprah Magazine, “clear-eyed” by Vanity Fair, and “rich with relatable characters” by Kirkus Reviews, Cathi Hanauer’s stirring novel is about redefining, in middle age, one’s marriage, one’s career, and even one’s role as parent and friend.

For fourteen years, Eve Adams has worked part-time while raising her two children and emotionally supporting her sculptor husband, Eric. Now, at forty-two, she has a growing private nutritionist practice and a book deal, and Eric’s once-thriving career has hit a slump. When he simply does not come home one night, Eve is forced to shift her family in possibly irreparable ways and to realize that competence in one area of life doesn’t always keep things from unraveling in another.
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  • Washington Square Press | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451676747 | 
  • March 2013
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Gone includes an introduction, discussion questions and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Introduction

Introduction Eve Adams’s husband is gone. After leaving to take the babysitter home, he simply never returns. With two children to raise, a budding career, and plenty of bills that need to be paid, Eve has no choice but to hold herself and her family together. In Gone, New York Times bestselling author Cathi Hanauer presents an honest and compelling story of what it means to grow—both together and apart; what it takes to thrive as individuals; and ultimately, what it means to forgive.

Topics & Questions for Discussion

1. Consider the title of this novel. What comes to mind when you think of the word “gone”? Discuss how the concept of leaving and saying goodbye reappears throughout the novel. Who or what is gone, and in what way?

2. The novel opens with Eve’s point-of-view. Were you surprised when the narrative switched to Eric’s perspective? How did the split point-of-view and change in narration affect your reading of the novel? Did you prefer one to the other? Discuss your answer.

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About the Author

Cathi Hanauer
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Cathi Hanauer

Cathi Hanauer is the author of the novels My Sister’s Bones and Sweet Ruin and the editor of the New York Times bestselling essay anthology The Bitch in the House. Her articles, essays, and/or criticism have appeared inThe New York Times, Elle, O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, Self, Parenting, Whole Living, and other magazines. She lives with her family in western Massachusetts. Visit her online at CathiHanauer.com.

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