Another brilliant novel from Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Adam Haslett. The way Haslett writes the inner lives of his characters is so insightful and intelligent - especially the characters with mental illness. I think this book could be really eye-opening for people with depressed and mentally ill family members - writing like this is the best of what art can accomplish that science can't. To really understand what it feels like to be trapped in a brain like Michael's is powerful, and frightening, and ultimately illuminating— Sarah B.
May 2016 Indie Next List
“Imagine Me Gone is a deeply moving portrayal of a family's complex love for one another as they manage and respond to the shape-shifting undercurrent of mental illness experienced by both father and son. A compelling read on every level, this novel is crafted with impressive emotional sensitivity, providing a direct feed into the inner lives and secrets of each character. Writing of this caliber is a rare thing. Haslett has created a gem of a novel that I will recommend over and over again.”
— Nancy Scheemaker (W), Northshire Bookstore Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, NY
From a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, a story of a family facing the ultimate question: How far will we go for those we love the most?When Margaret's fiance, 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. Imagine Me Gone 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. Adam Haslett has given us something rare: an audiobook with the power to change how you see the most important people in your life.