My Sunshine Away - M O Walsh

My Sunshine Away

By M O Walsh

  • Release Date: 2015-02-10
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 178 Ratings



"A tantalizing mystery and a tender coming-of-age story...Unputdownable."—

In the summer of 1989, a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom is rocked by a violent crime when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson—free spirit, track star, and belle of the block—is attacked late one evening near her home. As the dark side of this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia is revealed, the close-knit neighborhood is irreversibly transformed.
In My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh brilliantly juxtaposes the enchantment of a charmed childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families, and consuming adolescent love. Acutely wise and deeply honest, it is an astonishing and page-turning debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and our ability to forgive.
Named A Book of the Year by NPR, The Dallas Morning News, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist

An Entertainment Weekly 'Must List' Pick 

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Very impressive

    By Keturahjoy
    Have to get it up for m.o Walsh! His first novel is absolutely stunning and heart wrenching at the same time. Love how he tied in so much history about New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Great read!
  • Very good

    By Cut wood
    I thought it started a little slow. But I'm very glad I kept reading. It's touching, insightful, and interesting. Definitely worth reading.
  • Highly Recommended!

    By Cpitcock
    When I closed this book after finishing it, I was left with such a good feeling. I love the style of the writing with the teenaged male narrator who tells a tale of an innocent childhood in Baton Rouge which becomes more complicated as a violent incident against a young girl occurs in the neighborhood. It was very interesting to have the narrator tell us his perspective from his childhood viewpoint while giving us his current adult take on all that happened. This one was not what I expected, but was so much better. I opened the book thinking to read a traditional mystery/suspense, but got that tucked inside a very touching story of this male leaving his childhood behind in a difficult way while trying to find out what kind of man he would become. The book is about family, friends, and the hopes all of us have for ourselves and one another. Having lived near the Baton Rogue for several years, I enjoyed the genuine manner in which the author portrayed the area.
  • Tedious

    By Ale tt
    This book was tedious at times. I also wished that each characters story lines tied together better in the end.
  • Great

    By Sueshep
    You'd think that the subjected matter of this book would make it hard to read, but in fact it's a riveting page turner. So much insight into to the minds of boys and men. Perfect book!!
  • My Sunshine Away

    By Herdlady
    I would like to have story lines tied up a little tighter in this novel. However, my biggest problem is grammar. The author (like so many others) uses I as the object of a preposition, as in, ". . . between you and I." This drives me crazy! Would these people say, "Can you go with I." My family says I'm too picky. Maybe so!
  • Ms

    By E. Sparroll
    Super good read. Couldn't put it down. I Love the whole story and the characters were wonderful. GREAT BOOK!!
  • Great read

    By ladybug 5252
    Excellent insightful story. Beautifully written. Looking forward to his next book.