When You Went Away

When You Went Away

Michael Baron / Aug 24, 2019

When You Went Away Only a few months ago Gerry Rubato had everything he thought he needed from life He was passionately in love with his college sweetheart after nearly twenty years of marriage he had a bright indepe

  • Title: When You Went Away
  • Author: Michael Baron
  • ISBN: 9780981956800
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • Only a few months ago, Gerry Rubato had everything he thought he needed from life He was passionately in love with his college sweetheart after nearly twenty years of marriage, he had a bright, independent minded daughter, and he had the surprising addition of a new child on the way Then everything changed with stunning rapidity With little explanation, his daughter ranOnly a few months ago, Gerry Rubato had everything he thought he needed from life He was passionately in love with his college sweetheart after nearly twenty years of marriage, he had a bright, independent minded daughter, and he had the surprising addition of a new child on the way Then everything changed with stunning rapidity With little explanation, his daughter ran away with her older boyfriend Then, only a month after giving birth to their son, his wife died suddenly.Now, Gerry needs to be everything to his infant child while he contends with two losses he can barely comprehend And when a woman walks into his life as a friend and their relationship verges on something , Gerry must redefine all that he knows about himself, about love, about loyalty, and about his dreams.An emotionally charged novel filled with warmth, humor, wisdom, and unforgettable characters, When You Went Away is a novel you will take to your heart.

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        I grew up in the New York area and I ve lived there my entire life I worked in retail and taught high school English before I got my first book contract I have gotten several additional book contracts since then, which is fortunate because I didn t have the patience to work in retail and, while I quite enjoyed teaching, my approach was a bit too unconventional for most school systems One school administrator told me that, there are important things than being a dynamic teacher Since I couldn t name any of those things at least in the context of school , I figured I didn t have a long term future in the profession Hence, I became a writer, where I believe people appreciate a certain level of dynamism.Though I started with nonfiction, I have always loved fiction and I have always wanted to write it I ve always had a particular affection for love stories In fact, the very first book length thing I ever wrote, when I was thirteen, was a love story Mind you, it was the kind of love story that a thirteen year old boy would write, but it was a love story nonetheless I have a deep passion for writing about relationships family relationships, working relationships, friendships, and, of course, romantic relationships and I can only truly explore this by writing fiction These novels have given me a way to voice the millions of things running through my head.My wife and kids are the center of my life My wife is the inspiration for all of my love stories and my children enthrall me, challenge me, and keep me moving One of the primary reasons I wrote my first novel, When You Went Away was that I wanted to write about being a father Aside from my family, I have a few other burning passions I m a pop culture junkie with an especially strong interest in music, I love fine food and any restaurant shaped like a hot dog , and I read far too many sports blogs for my own good.You might have noticed that I haven t published a photo of myself This isn t because I m involved in the Witness Protection program or because I have an innate fear of cameras It s because Michael Baron is a pseudonym I m writing these novels undercover because they re not entirely compatible with the nonfiction books I write and I didn t want to confuse readers We re all different people sometimes, right I just decided to give my alter ego another name.My third novel, The Journey Home, has just come out It s a love story, too Naturally.


    660 Comments

    1. Acabei de ler o livro. A minha opinião mudou ligeiramente durante a leitura do mesmo.Bem, a primeira coisa que tenho a dizer é que este autor não é comparável ao Nicholas Sparks. Apesar de gostar bastante dele, as escritas deles são muito diferentes. O NS relata as coisas com mais distância e nota-se mais que aquilo é um trabalho de ficção. Este autor, Michael Baron tem certamente vantagens acerca da escrita dele - para já escreve na primeira pessoa, o que cria uma proximidade maior p [...]


    2. I really wanted to like this book, but never did. The main character just never made me care about him or his situation. He is a widower with an infant son and a 17 yr old daughter who ran away. There were just too many uninteresting things going on in this book. He talks about the Yankees baseball team for several pages multiple times, and mentions rock groups and rock songs that never mean much to the story. The other characters had issues too, no one was a "regular" person.The whole thing was [...]


    3. Michael Baron writes about loss, depression, fatherhood, and love for his character's journey through grief. I didn't find it over sappy and it was interesting to have the story from a male perspective.


    4. When You Went Away, was a freebie on for the kindle. The plot centers around a father who has recently had a newborn son with his wife. Before the son is born though, their teenage daughter walks out of their lives. Four months after the son is born, his wife dies.I loved the tone in this book. It is exactly what I would do. The father at first just goes through the motions with his son, knowing he has to stay alive for him. Slowly this changes as he really gets into the moments with Reese(the [...]


    5. Michael Baron's When You Went Away is more than a novel about grief and fatherhood; it's a novel about being lost and the journey to find the right path.Gerry Rubato has lost his whole world--first his daughter Tanya runs away with an older man at age 17 and then he loses his wife tragically. All he has left to center him is his infant son, Reese. The story is told from Gerry's point of view, and much of the beginning pages focuses on his grief and confusion about how to move on. Readers will be [...]


    6. I was very much afraid that this book would read like a Nicholas Sparks novel. Then again, we are informed that Gerry experiences heartache and loss early on: his seventeen-year-old daughter ran away with a twenty-year-old, his wife died a month after giving birth to their son, and now he’s faced with a life of trying to grapple with the loss, and raising his infant son alone.And he does a pretty good job with it. Meeting new people, rekindling friendships, finding love, finding strength. Bond [...]


    7. I downloaded this book for free for my Sony e-reader.Gerry thought he had everything, but then his life started to fall apart. First his teenage daughter runs away with her older boyfriend, simply disappearing into the landscape of the US. A couple months later, his wife dies suddenly, leaving Gerry to raise his infant son alone, and somehow cope with his grief. Ally enters Gerry's life about five months after his wife's death, causing Gerry to question his unchanging love for his late wife and [...]


    8. Gerry Rubato has lost his whole world--first his daughter Tanya runs away with an older man at age 17 and then he loses his wife tragically. All he has left to center him is his infant son, Reese. The story is told from Gerry's point of view, and much of the beginning pages focuses on his grief and confusion about how to move on. I was swept up in his grief, his struggle to find his way, and the dilemmas that face him when he begins to fall in love again. There are a lot of baseball talk in the [...]


    9. I got this book because it was a cheap Kindle buy. It was fairly good up to a point. The struggles of a widowed almost 40 year old man with an infant son and a teenage daughter that ran away with her older boyfriend. Trying to juggle work and being the sole caregiver of his son, it was predictable when he gets involved with a co-worker. Rather quickly after his wifed died, only 4 months, so you can see the writing on the wall with that one. It got rather monotonous after awhile and I was ready f [...]


    10. I know-chick book-but I like them. I really enjoyed this book. As sad as the book sounds it didn't make a cry baby like me cry.(The Christmas book to this book did) Maybe because it was written very well, or maybe because it's written from a mans point of view, I don't know. Anyway, he told about the cute things the baby was doing, which brought flashbacks of Shan and then he would talk about his daughter growing up, pre-teen years and teen years, which I can relate to now. During those years he [...]




    11. I simply loved this book! The author writes with such openness in regards to human feelings that I found it difficult to lay it down. I will definitely read more of his works—so very glad that there are more of them.


    12. Great readI chose the 4 rating as I very seldom give a 5. The book was intriguing and kept my attention until the end. As a parent and as someone that has lost a spouse, I related to the story line, the confused jumble of emotions and the relief of stress at the end of the book.


    13. It was a good read and I really enjoyed it. However at times I thought it was a little repetitive and there were some grammar mistakes as well, which I thought was odd. But overall a good story.


    14. This novel almost made me want to become a parent. Which is saying something. Reese is so cute.This novel was quite good. In a silly coincidence, I read this right after reading The Homecoming, which also starts with the death of the main character's wife thus making him the single father of his son. As a consequence of starting in the same place, the stories have some similarities, though there is also a lot different between them. But by the time I get around to reading them, these books have [...]


    15. WHEN YOU WENT AWAY by Michael BaronPublished by The Story PlantISBN-10: 0981956807ISBN-13: 978-0981956800This was a personal choice of reading that I downloaded via during a special rate that was offered.Synopsis (from ): Baron's carefully crafted debut tale, the Story Plant's first mass market original, is too true-to-life to be interesting. Gerry Rubato's wife has died and his teenage daughter has run away from home, leaving him alone to raise an infant son. Despite the recent tragedies, the [...]


    16. When You Went Away by Michael BaronTaking another break from my usual SF fare and my target has been sitting quietly in my kindle for two years. One more time I looked and asked myself what this one was doing here. So of course I started reading it; and kept right on reading it to the end.I don't mind Nicholas Sparks and I've recently read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. But this book nailed some of the feeling of hopelessness and despair, midst the driving pressure to keep sane while tryi [...]


    17. Gerry Rubato is struggling with the sudden, wholly unexpected death of his wife, raising their now four-month-old son by himself, and the aching absence of his much-loved daughter Tanya, seventeen years old, who ran away just a month before her baby brother Reese was born, and three months before her mother's death.We meet Gerry and Reese as Gerry is returning to work, leaving his son for the entire work day for the first time since his wife Maureen's death. It's tough for him to do, but he know [...]


    18. Gerry Rubato is struggling with the sudden, wholly unexpected death of his wife, raising their now four-month-old son by himself, and the aching absence of his much-loved daughter Tanya, seventeen years old, who ran away just a month before her baby brother Reese was born, and three months before her mother's death.We meet Gerry and Reese as Gerry is returning to work, leaving his son for the entire work day for the first time since his wife Maureen's death. It's tough for him to do, but he know [...]


    19. When You Went Away is one of the best books I have ever read.This book pulled me in many directions emotionally simply through the wonderfully written telling of how Gerry slowly pieces back together his life after loosing his wife suddenly, caring for his infant son on his own while gripped with worry over his teenage daughter who ran away. Gerry is experiencing grief , tremendous grief. His saving factor is Reese, his two month old baby. Through Reese, Gerry learns to revel in the small things [...]


    20. When You Went Away by Michael BaronAfter reading Michaels' soon to be released book and enjoying it I got several of his other books. This one is about Gerry who has lost his wife Maureen and he's left with his 4 month old son Reese. Tanya he hopes will come home back to Long Island, NY in time.The story goes back to happier times with the family and then up to date where he's just hired Lisa to take care of the baby so he can return to work.He spends his whole day with his son, watching him lau [...]


    21. I love the way this author writes. I love the way he takes an incredibly hurt person going through so much grief at once, and makes the subject sad but hopeful, not at all depressing. I love his outlook on children, how they grow and see things, and how they make us grow and see things differently as well.The fluidity of the story is refreshing. It doesnt seem to jump from one subject to another, but it doesn't dwell too long either. Like real life so many feelings and thoughts occur throughout [...]


    22. Gerry Rubato had everything…a beautiful wife, a lovely daughter and a brand new baby boy. That all changed in a blink of an eye. His daughter, Tanya has left home wither boyfriend, Mike and his wife, Maureen has died. Now it is just Gerry and his son, Reese. As if losing a wife and daughter wasn’t hard enough; caring for a new baby is even harder. Eventually, Gerry gathers himself together enough to make his way back to work. It is there that he meets Ally Ritten. She is the newest member to [...]


    23. The first book I read in 2012 was "Spinning" by Michael Baron, and "Spinning" was also the first book I had read by this author. I really enjoyed "Spinning," so I decided it was time to read another one by Baron, and see if I would like it just as well. I really did enjoy this book, "When You Went Away." However, the only complaint I have about this book is the references to all the baseball lingo about the Yankee Baseball Team. I know a man wrote this book, so if other men read it they will pro [...]


    24. One of the reviews I read about this book said something along the lines of, "Nicholas Sparks fans will fall in love" with Michael Baron. That almost put me off reading it because I don't really like Nicholas Sparks books. I can only compare my taste for him to that of Danielle Steele. & I think Danielle Steele writes at a 4th grade reading level. Anyways. Baron's characters were lovable & entertaining. I totally made a connection with Gerry as he plodded his way through life as a widowe [...]


    25. I read this book whilst lying by the pool in Spain. Thank god for big sunglasses! This was an incredibly emotional read for me and had me absolutely captivated by the characters from the first few pages. Michael Baron tells the heartbreaking story of Gerry, a single parent struggling to raise his infant son following the untimely death of a wife he loves more than words can describe, and the disappearance of his daughter who ran away with her older boyfriend, shortly before the death of her moth [...]


    26. A comparação que um dos críticos fez, entre o Michael Baron e o Nicholas Sparks, não é de todo despropositada. O livro tem, de facto, um enredo tipicamente Sparksiano. Felizmente, é um pouco mais profundo do que isso. Ainda não assim, não foi o suficiente para me cativar. Além de uma obsessão óbvia pela palavra «fascínio», palavra que me irrita deveras quando constantemente utilizada a propósito de sopas, o autor meteu demasiado baseball no livro. Dá ideia que precisa de encher c [...]


    27. I just watched Furious 7 this past weekend so I can still here the closing theme song of the movie, "See You Again" in my mind The song's overall message also finds its way in this beautiful story by Michael Baron. Say, the line "every road you take will always lead you home" both applies to Maureen who is on her way to her eternal home, and to Tanya, who found her way home again after a long time."I'll tell you all about it when I see you again." Gerry wrote all the things he wanted to say to T [...]


    28. When I saw this book at a thrift store, I was hesitant to buy it. It sounded like it could be a very, very sad book to read. But I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did. I LOVED this book! One reviewer said that he couldn't get into the main character. I didn't have that problem at all. I loved the main character, Gerry. I could relate to the scene where he lost his wife and didn't want to leave the hospital and leave her. I felt the exact same way when my mother passed away. You know [...]


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