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3.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,050 Ratings  ·  187 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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Atria Books
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Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
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?
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
Pam Asberry
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies

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
Rashmi Tiwari
Sep 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm at the point in my life where there are dear friends of mine who are in deep marital trouble. More than a few of them, actually, which is sad and real and brings up a lot of big questions about my own marriage.

Which is why I picked up Gone. It's the story of Eric and Eve; Eric is driving the babysitter home one night and doesn't come home. He's not dead because his credit card is registering him buying gas and staying in motels as he makes his way across the country. He's with the babysitter
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-fun
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
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Feb 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Patti's Book Nook
Sep 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: family-drama
This was a book that had languished on my shelves for several years. I've been reading lots of contemporary relationship-based novels lately, so decided to squeeze this one in. For some reason, I wasn't expecting anything original...especially with the premise of a husband running away with a babysitter.

I appreciated how my expectations were exceeded a little. Eve, the wife left behind, is realistically forced to get on with life in order to pay bills and keep the family intact. While Eve is obv
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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
(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
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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!!
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Modern life and love is what "Gone" is all about. It's the beautiful story of a marriage and it will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled in a relationship to reconcile love against ambivalence, loyalty against the lure of solitude an domestic fidelity against the call of an open road. How no matter what changes are made during your years together, the one important thing is constant.
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
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
Wendy Hines
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was ok

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
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Ayelet Waldman
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A lovely and painful mediation on what a long marriage means.
Jodi Litman
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Slow and slightly boring. I got through it but I was sorry I wasted my time.
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, even the dieting tips the author worked into the story. Plus, I was happy when Eve admitted she was somewhat to blame for the situation.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting story about a couple who have been married for 16 years. The story involves weight loss, and depression.
Jessica Deany
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Smart and not depressing and the main character was a nutritionist! Couldn't ask for more :)
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
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;
Karen & Gerard
"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)

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Gone by Cathi Hanauer is
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