A New York Times Bestseller
An Amazon Featured Debut
Entertainment Weekly's "Must" for 2015
A Library Journal Essential Debut
An Ingram's Premier Pick
An Indie Next Pick
An Okra Pick
A Library Reads Pick

* BOOKLIST Top 10 Debut  *  AMAZON Top Debut  * KIRKUS Best Book * 
          *NPR Top 100 Book*

My Sunshine Away unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen year old Lindy Simpson-free spirit, track star, and belle of the block- experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too.

"Celebrate, fiction lovers:  The gods of Southern Gothic storytelling have inducted a junior member." Kirkus (starred review).

Reviews in:  Kirkus, Chapter 16, Ft. Worth Star Telegram, Dallas Morning News, Entertainment Weekly,  Southern Lit Review, Clarion Ledger, The Advocate.
Interviews in:  Kirkus, The Advocate, The Times Picayune, The San Francisco Chronicle, Speaking of Mysteries, Writer's Bone.


Praise for My Sunshine Away:

I am in awe, swept up in the quiet beauty of the prose, and in the wisdom and compassion of the narrator. My Sunshine Away is a page turner, realism at its finest—a story made memorable in paragraph after paragraph by the brilliance of its author, and by the scope of the questions he asks as to how we live this life to the fullest as loving and moral beings. Such a beautiful book. Such a remarkable book. I can't praise it enough.—Anne Rice, author of Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles

My Sunshine Away is that rarest find, a page-turner you want to read slowly and a literary novel you can't look away from.At times funny, at times spinetinglingly suspenseful and at times just flat-out wise, this novel is also a meditation on memory, how it can destroy or damn us but redeem us as well.  It's a book to read and reread, one that will only get better with time, like its writer.  I'm already excited about MO Walsh's next book, whatever it is.
--Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter Crooked Letter and Poachers

Try and restrain yourself from flying through the pages of this wonderful novel. Instead savor this lush Louisiana mystery that takes you back to what life tasted like when you were still somewhat naïve to the ways of the world. Not just Southern, but American in its vivid Baton Rouge colors and scents, treetops and grasses, My Sunshine Away is the story of how the events of our youth profoundly affect us as adults. The last page is as satisfying as the first. A mystery you cannot wait to solve. 
Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help

M.O. Walsh has written one of the best books I've read in a long while.  An outstanding examination of our past and the way the weight of our memories shapes us, My Sunshine Away, thanks to Walsh's verve and total control of the narrative, feels utterly original.
--Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang

The magic of My Sunshine Away is in M.O. Walsh’s extraordinary ability to make us long for the heartache of youth and its inevitable sins. This is an awe-inspiring debut. Hannah Pittard, author of Reunion and The Fates Will Find Their Way

Q: When is it a thrill to feel gutted? A: When you start reading the book you hold in your hands. M. O. Walsh's My Sunshine Away reminds us that art can be wrenching and a delight, that pain -- if examined through wit, intimacy, and wisdom -- can be a salve. This novel is great.––Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life and Cheng and Eng

If I were asked to list the qualities the ideal novel would offer, I'd start by demanding beautiful sentences. I'd want the opening to grab me and I'd want the ending to refuse to let go. I'd ask for characters who consistently surprise by being somehow deeper and less predictable than we could ever have guessed they'd be. I'd want Place to be written with a capital P. I'd want a mystery at the heart of story, and a mystery or two in every heart. And when I finished reading the book, I'd want to be both wiser and sadder than when I started. M. O. Walsh's magnificent novel MY SUNSHINE AWAY afforded me all these pleasures and more. This is one of the best novels I've read in ages. --Steve Yarbrough, author of Safe from the Neighbors and Oxygen Man

"If you start this novel, you will not put it down.  My Sunshine Away is a riveting, suspenseful and page turning mystery.  it is also a wise, insightful, and beautifully written novel.  This is an extraordinary debut." --Jill McCorkle, New York Times bestselling author of Life after Life

Recalls the best of Pat Conroy: the rich Southern atmosphere, the interplay of darkness and light in adolescence, the combination of brisk narrative suspense with philosophical musings on memory, manhood, and truth...Celebrate, fiction lovers: The gods of Southern gothic storytelling have inducted a junior member."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Suspenseful, compassionate, and absorbing, Walsh's word-perfect rendering of the doubts, insecurities, bravado, and idealism of teens deserves to be placed in the hands of readers of Tom Franklin, Hannah Pittard, and Jeffrey Eugenides."--Booklist (starred review)

Much more than a simple coming of age story, this is a rumination on how the events in one's lfe can change depending on where and when they are recalled...Rarely does a new author display the skill to develop a page turner with such a literary tone. Readers of both popular and literary fiction will get their fixes from this novel.--Library Journal

This is literature of the highest order. Although the book snaps with the tautness of a thriller-and Walsh keeps the reader guessing until the end, as the best mystery writers do-My Sunshine Away also asks essential questions, like how much responsibility we have to each other, and whether we can ever fully reassemble the pieces of broken lives. And while Walsh hints at answers, it's his willingness to engage such ideas that makes My Sunshine Away an important work of fiction. We need more novelists with the guts and clarity of M.O. Walsh--Matthew Thomas, author of We Are Not Ourselves

Foreign Rights Sold:
British Rights to Viking UK  (United Kingdom)
Dutch Rights to Ambo Anthos (Netherlands)
Hebrew Rights to Armchair (Israel)
Italian Rights to Garzanti  (Italy)
Portugese to Intrinseca (Brazil)
French to Michel Lafon  (France)
Serbian to Laguna (Serbia)
Hungarian to Alexandra Kiado (Hungary)
Korean to Invictus Media (South Korea)
Turkish to Indigo Kitap (Turkey)
Bulgarian to Millenium Publishers (Bulgaria)
Spanish to Tusquets Editores (Spain)

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