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3.02 of 5 stars 3.02  ·  rating details  ·  868 ratings  ·  165 reviews
From the editor of the New York Times bestselling essay anthology The Bitch in the House and the novel Sweet Ruin comes a compelling domestic drama about a woman who must hold her family together after her husband disappears.It is every woman’s nightmare—or fondest dream. Her husband leaves to drive the babysitter home and doesn’t return. Thus begins Gone, Cathi Hanauer’s ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Washington Square Press
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Gone is the story of the evolution of marriage. The introduction to Eve and Eric begins with Eve, lamenting that Eric ran off with the babysitter. This could easily be a simple, textbook case of a midlife crisis and a man suffering marriage malaise. Instead, the author paints a much more complex and complete picture.

The story of Eve and Eric is told by both points of view. It is present tense as they muddle through the sudden and unplanned separation. Given, Eric's decision to drive away is sudd
Pam Asberry
Oh, how I loved this book! Eve Adams is a forty two-year old woman struggling to maintain the balance between home and work; her husband Eric, a once-brilliant sculptor, has lost his muse and, consequently, the ability to support his family. To help make ends meet, Eve has embarked on a career as a freelance nutritionist following the success of her recently published book on health and weight loss. Feeling more and more superfluous with each day that passes, Eric leaves to take the babysitter h ...more
It's too bad - I had heard so many good things about this book. The premise was good....but this is where everything fell short.

Spoiler alart - although there isn't MUCH to spoil 150 pages in...

I'm not sure why the author felt the need to write about 20 pages on her nutrition "interventions" with "clients". I found this whole sub-plot to be bizarre. (I used to work with dieticians so know the drill). Was it only to show us how competent the main character is, in contrast to her useless husband?

Hmmm what would I do if my husband just went to drop off the babysitter after a routine night out to dinner and just never came back? Our protagonist, Eve kind of went with it. She didn't panic. She didn't try to get a hold of him and she was completely calm with their two kids about it. "Daddy must need a break," she says. Turns out Eric did need a break. He took the babysitter across the country so she could be with her mother and his own happened to live near by so what the hell?
Eve is copi
One night, after a night out with his wife, Eric doesn't return home from driving the babysitter home...instead he drives across the country, WITH the babysitter, leaving his wife and two kids alone with no explanation.

Favorite Quotes:

"I read this poem once,' Nancy said, and Eve bet that even she was trying to shut Reenie up at this point, 'that marriage is like holding up a ceiling. Sometimes you're holding it together, but sometimes one person takes down their arms, and the other one has to d
Jody  Julian
I rarely give out only one star but sometimes you just have to do it. I just didn't like the characters, didn't find the plot believable, and just kept doggedly reading because I hate to give up on a book. I felt like I was reading a really bad lifetime movie. I can't imagine anyone accepting their husband driving off into the night with the babysitter and acting as the main character, Eve, does. Also, the intent to spread awareness about the 'obesity epidemic' not only failed but offended me a ...more
A nutritionist, Eve Adams is caught up in raising her two children, serving her clients and handling their health as well as family problems. She has a full life. Her husband Eric is a sculptor who has lost his motivation and drive; he has no other concerns in life. Eve seems to handle the children all on her own. One evening, he drives off while taking the babysitter home and doesn't return. An interesting look at relationships, family, careers. I focused mostly on Eve and Eric's story and skip ...more
I tagged this as a "chick-lit" only because I felt it had little substance. Gone is about a married couple with a child who move through their marriage on parallel lines. The mother, Eve, is described as a take charge woman who is also a stay at home mother/diet consultant to their 14 year old daughter, Magnolia. Eric, the husband/dad is a struggling artist who looses his way as the dominate male in the family. Sounds good? It could have been. But what makes this story a 2 star rating is the fac ...more
I've read other things written by this author, so I was really surprised by how little I cared for this book. Demographically (age, approx kids' ages), I have some things in common with the main character, Eve, and yet, I found her uncompelling, and even hard to believe. In fact, a good way in to the book (200 pages in), I was startled to realize that I still had not developed affection for any on the characters.
Eve's husband, an artist who is evidently temperamental, albeit in the blandest of
I have no idea what review I read that made me think I would like this book. Basically it is about a man leaving his wife and two kids after 15-or-so years of marriage. He's having a mid-life crisis because he can no longer create sculptures (waaaaaaaaaaaah!) and his wife, an annoying nutritionist carries on stoically without him in a totally unrealistic fashion.

The man is annoying baby. The wife is also annoying, especially as she "counts the skinny people" in the mall, much to her chagrin it i
(Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
Nutritionist Eve Adams has two children and a husband, Eric, whose sculpture career is stalled. He takes off one night to drive a babysitter home and is not heard from for a few days. Eve thinks the worst, and we the readers do too, for at least a little while. Then the author starts to let us in on Eric's state of mind. He is clearly having a mid-life crisis. Eventually the family learns he is in Tucson, where he stays with his mother and starts teaching kung fu. He communicates with his daught ...more
Teri James
Great book about a couple whose marriage is in trouble. When the wife's career takes off, the husband leaves to take the babysitter home and does not return. What an asshole!!
Wendy Hines
Simply an amazing book! Gone is a story about marriage, family and finding yourself. Cathi has done a remarkable job of character depiction - they seem so real, I can imagine them living next door. What a nightmare for any woman to think your husband has run off with the babysitter!

Gone is told from both points of view, Eric's and Eve's. Although the pace is slow, it's intricacies are the foundation for the instability of the marriage and how Eve and Eric work on not only trying to save their ma
Eve Adams has worked part-time and taken care of her children while supporting her husband the sculptor. He has had some success in the past but now seems to be in a creative slump. Eve has taken her knowledge of food and written a book and counsels people how to eat healthy and lose weight. Her business is growing, the book goes into a second printing. Her husband, Eric. takes her out to celebrate. She thought the evening went fine until her husband leaves to take home the sitter and disappears ...more
First and foremost, a fair warning: this book starts slow. It took me a while to feel committed to it. Eric leaves his wife and two kids to drive cross-country with the babysitter, and there's virtually no explanation. Eve, his wife, goes about mundane life stuff for the first part of the book, not dealing with the fact that her husband has left as her life slowly unravels. It inches along with boring everyday life and random flashback memories to better days. But in Part 2, I got hooked. The a ...more
What I enjoyed about this book the most is that the author didn't try to sugercoat the ups and downs of marriage. The author allowed both Eve and Eric to make mistakes, and treated those mistakes not as epic failures but just as a part of their evolution individually and as a couple.

The concept that mistakes are made, and that that doesn't nessasarily mean that it's the end, is central to this book. With so many stories focusing on the dumping of the cheating/lying spouse as the answer for all
This book started out well and I was interested to read more when Eric, husband of Eve and father of two, leaves for a road trip with the babysitter. Eve only knows that Eric is gone and with whom and so she begins to live her life without Eric. I thought Hanauer did a nice job of the dialogues of an 8 year-old and a 14 year-old; they came across as believable and current. And I also enjoyed the food parts as Eve is a nutritionist, and I am interested in eating healthier. But the book did drag o ...more

I had high hopes for this book, and its advertised story of forgiveness. Instead I found it preachy, with too-quick resolutions to tough problems like diet, exercise, obesity, and depression. For the brief dialogue about abstract forgiveness, we never learn how the characters actually do forgive....unless pretending like events never happened is the author's practice. I kept reading in the hopes the book would get better, but now I just wish I had those hours back. Don't worry, author.... I for
Lexi Romero
I wish I could give it zero stars. I couldn't finish it. The author is confusing and boring about the whole story line. Never have I skipped so many parts of a book because I just didn't care. I got to page 87, and I still couldn't feel connected to any of the characters. Why does she go from using Maggie to Magnolia? Who is Maggie?

I am not an author my self, but an aspiring one. There are suggestions about writing, and if you go against those you better do it well. I think I couldn't connect t
Joan Sherwood
I enjoyed this book while I was reading it. I like the authors style, the book's pace, and it held my interest.

Afterwards, I realized there were some things that bothered me. First, the main character, Eve, is a nutritionist. She has just written a book on the subject and she counsels clients on nutrition. Yet, she orders Chinese take out for her children's dinner or tells them they can heat a frozen pizza and she eats muffins for breakfast. Just doesn't sit right with me. In addition, her husb
It was ok. I thought it was weird that the author spent so much time giving us facts about nutrition and depression. And I just didn't buy the fact that the main character accepted the husband back with so little discussion or questions. One of the main reasons the couple was having problems was a lack of communication, and then they barely even discuss what went wrong.
This was a fast read, but I had a hard time liking either of the main characters. While realistic in its portrayal of a marriage, both of their behavior just made me want to bang my head against a wall. And while everything about the nutrition and crap diets Americans eat is true, I felt like I was being lectured to the first half of the book.
Ayelet Waldman
A lovely and painful mediation on what a long marriage means.
I thought this was ponderous and slow, predictable. I found myself skimming it, just wanting to confirm that it ended the way I could predict it would. Meh.
Jodi Litman
Slow and slightly boring. I got through it but I was sorry I wasted my time.
"Gone" by Cathi Hanauer is a story about a man who drove the babysitter home one night and just took off, leaving his wife, his 14-yr-old daughter and his young son to fend for themselves. Does he have an affair with the babysitter? How does his wife and kids get along without him? Does he come back? This was a good book, well worth my time! I liked the daughter best, then the wife and then the son but did not care for the husband at all.
(Gerard's review)

Karen's review:
Gone by Cathi Hanauer is
I read some good reviews from respected authors, but I was very disappointed with this book. The story is about a couple married for 14 years or so and the path marriage often takes when people change and respect is lost. Eve, the wife, is a nutritionist and her husband Eric an artist. Eric created beauty and art with his sculptures. However, he falls into a depressive state and can no longer function as an artist. Eve on the other hand has grown in her profession along with writing and publishi ...more
Book Him Danno
Wow, wow, wow, wow, I don’t even know how to tell you that I loved this book. It was fantastic, I wanted to keep reading but I didn’t want it to end either. The closer I got to the end the slower I started to read, I wanted to know what would happen but I also knew that with this sort of book that the ending would really only be another beginning. I saw myself in these pages and it was fascinating and really made me double take often. Was this book about me? Well NO, but WOW…..or did I say that ...more
Eh, I was a little disappointed after having read an earlier novel, Sweet Ruin.

p 263 ".... 'Don't you agree you're depressed?'.... 'It matters,' said Fran, 'because if you accept it, you can work on it, and maybe even fix it. And when you start to fix it, you'd be amazed at how suddenly the things in your life that have been messed up for so long start to fix themselves.' .... 'When I'm depressed --and I don't mean just UNHAPPY, or DOWN, or whatever, because that's not really what depression is;
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Years ago shortly after we had our first child, my husband and I read Cathi Hanuer's The Bitch in the House and had great belly laughs (while pointing fingers at one another) at her honest writing as well as the writing of others anthologized in the book. So, while reading Hanauer's article in Real Simple Magazine, I noticed she had recently published Gone, a novel in which I had not read (in case you were wondering how books find me- chance, mail, text recommendations in the middle of the night ...more
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