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The sunshine when she’s gone – Thea Goodman

July 6, 2013

imagesVeronica and John are new parents, but the privileged 30-something New Yorkers are having a hard time adjusting to the arrival of baby Clara. Both are bewildered, sleep deprived, and growing  irritated with each other. One morning John decides to let Veronica sleep in and he takes Clara out – and ends up jetting off to Barbados for the weekend for some warmth and relaxation (with the baby). Veronica, who doesn’t know the truth of his whereabouts, guiltily enjoys a weekend alone in the city with friends and an old lover.  The characters are believable in their struggles, even if they come off as spoiled and a bit naïve when it comes to parenting. But perhaps Goodman wanted to make a point about the obsessions of modern parenting. For example, would Clara be that much worse off without the organic goat’s milk infused with a special blend of herbs?  Anyway, this story about becoming a parent and a marriage in crisis has a certain pull – it’s a bit melancholic, a bit funny, and even if you don’t like Veronica and John, you want to know whether they manage to work things out.

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 6, 2013 7:52 pm

    I love the title!! Sounds like it fits the book.

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