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While I Was Gone was written by Sue Miller in 1999 The book was published by Alfred A Knope Inc in New York This novel belonged in the genre of Fiction The novel was relayed in memory when Jo was remembering her days with Eli and everyone in the house This was about middle age and how people can get stir crazy If someones life is familiar and comfortable for too long heshe starts to yearn for something more When that opportunity comes along heshe will be so startled that heshe jumps at the chance Jo Becker thought she had gotten rid of this desire to do different and exciting things When a man from Jos past arrived in her present life she was startled at first Then she began to feel restless with her life because of a possibility of a new chapter in her life beginning Jo went for this chance and almost ruined her life as she had known it for so long During this struggle she learned many lessons on life While I Was Gone was written in the first person Sue Miller chose to write the novel from this perspective to get the reader more into Jos character Sue could not have titled the book While I Was Gone if she had written in third person If a reader reads a novel that is in first person they feel connected with that character When something bad happened to Jo the reader felt her pain Some readers may have had emotions towards Jo that werent what Jo was feeling First person is also easier for writers to get into Sue Miller only had to tell the story from Jos perspective and did not have to worry about anything beyond her vision This was what made the readers connect with Jo so much Throughout Jos life she ran She ran away as a child she ran away as a young adult
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