When I Ran Away When I Ran Away

When I Ran Away

A Novel

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Publisher Description

A rich, bighearted debut that takes us from working-class Staten Island in the wake of the September 11th attacks to moneyed London a decade later, revealing a story of loss, motherhood, and love.

"A wise, bighearted, triumphant story." —Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lies That Bind

As the Twin Towers collapse, Gigi Stanislawski flees her office building and escapes lower Manhattan on the Staten Island Ferry. Among the crying, ash-covered, and shoeless passengers, Gigi, unbelievably, finds someone she recognizes--Harry Harrison, a British man and a regular at her favorite coffee shop. Gigi brings Harry to her parents' house, where they watch the television replay the planes crashing for hours, and she waits for the phone call that will never come: the call from Frankie, her younger brother.

Ten years later, Gigi, now a single mother consumed with bills and unfulfilled ambitions, meets Harry, again by chance, and they fall deeply, headlong in love. But their move to London and their new baby--which Gigi hoped would finally release her from the past--leave her feeling isolated, raw, and alone with her grief. As Gigi comes face-to-face with the anguish of her brother's death and her rage at the unspoken pain of motherhood, she must somehow find the light amid all the darkness. Startlingly honest and shot through with unexpected humor, When I Ran Away is an unforgettable first novel about love--for our partners, our children, our mothers, and ourselves--pushed to its outer limits.

Fiction & Literature
March 30
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

kris 32 ,

Wrong generation?

I feel like the writer is millennial and by age should be gen x. Some wise gems of wisdom in there, but a lot of whining. She has some odd socioeconomic notions. Happy with the ending. Confused how a 20 something single woman can foster/adopt without going through normal channels/the normal wait list. I think she was replacing her brother and that didn’t really get evaluated. Husband is a prince. Her character might have not felts as judged if she didn’t do it herself so often. Could do without the mommy wars but I suppose they exist. I was confused with the back and forth in time and didn’t follow real housewives but I did know about the prison stuff from the news so I had enough background! I felt sad for the main character and wanted her to have a happy ending and her family.

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