Imagine Me Gone

Imagine Me Gone

A Novel

Book - 2016
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When Margaret's fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. What follows is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic, and the story of how, over the span of decades, his younger siblings-the responsible Celia and the tightly controlled Alec-struggle along with their mother to care for Michael's increasingly troubled existence.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2016
Edition: First edition
Description: 356 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780316261357
Branch Call Number: Hasl
Additional Contributors: Haslett, Adam. Imagine me gone


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Apr 30, 2021

Tragic domestic tale, somewhat predictable but well-rounded characterization.

Mar 15, 2021

Imagine me not having wasted my time reading this book. Some authors write characters that you care about and want to know what happens to them. These characters left me cold. I did not bond with anyone. Just a case of a great deal of pain in a family. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jul 13, 2020

While this book did drag at times I very much enjoyed it & did cry. Living with depression & anxiety myself I could see myself in some of everyone in the book. Suicide is heavy & this brought that to light, even in the dark. I gave this book 4 stars because it created emotion in me, I could relate on a lot of levels. The characters were well written I recommend this book to everyone with the side note of being mindful of your own mental health :)

Oct 28, 2019

Imagine me not having wasted my time reading this book. Some authors write characters that you care about and want to know what happens to them. These characters left me cold. I did not bond with anyone. Just a case of a great deal of pain in a family. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Mar 20, 2019

I would NOT recommend this book.
While having a parent or close relative with depression increases the likelihood of other family members to have it, it was as though the patriarch, John’s, illness caused the entire family to be dysfunctional.
It seems as though the author took exceptional liberty to make all of the family members to be as far from conventional as possible. It had a very somber mood throughout, with very little joy at all.
I would rather spend time reading books that are more uplifting and show some levity.
Too much of a downer for my taste.

Dec 07, 2017

This is a BRILLIANT book. Highly recommend!

Aug 21, 2017

You won’t find this book light, easy reading, but it encompasses life with mental illness as it impacts the mentally-ill person, family and friends. By offering different perspectives of family members in chapters, the impact of a father’s mental illness and suicide and that of his oldest son is thoughtfully written.

HMWLibrary2017 Jul 14, 2017

I was expecting something else entirely - perhaps a quite, more thoughtful meditation on depression and suicide. Instead this book is a family soap opera. I didn't end up liking or sympathizing with a single character.

Apr 25, 2017

For me a thoughtful and powerful read.I am trying hard not to use any of the cliche adjectives.
It is a sympathetic forensic visit to a family.No unlikeable characters.They are each trying
to play their part,be loyal and helpful and postive.

Apr 21, 2017

A member of the library's book group wrote to me to call attention to this: “I had never understood the invisibility of a human. How we take to be a human is a spirit we can never see. Not until I sat in that room with the dead vehicle that had carried my brother through his life, and for which I had always mistaken him.” (page 332) She said that it was the best description of death she had ever seen.

Adam Haslett's IMAGINE ME GONE is not an easy book to read. I began by listening to the audiobook, and quickly discovered that I needed some distance from the material - the distance that comes from having to decode the words visually. Having the voices of these characters delivered seamlessly via audio was too much to digest. I had to take a break or two, or three before I could make my way through the lives of these fictional family members who were written so authentically that they could be mistaken for a neighbor, acquaintance, or friend.

A finalist for both the Pulitzer and National Book Award, IMAGINE ME GONE gives voice to what goes on inside the heads of its characters as their actions and afflictions mark their lives dramatically. Questions of family, loyalty, identity, pain, and the tragedy of what mental illness does to a family are what is presented in fluid prose. A great selection for book groups, however you may want to have a trigger warning.

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