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General Information

Name:  Thea Goodman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1969 in New York, NewYork

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Thea Goodman now lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Thea Goodman’s short stories have appeared in New England Review, Other Voices, Columbia, Confrontation and The Brooklyn Review among other journals and have been anthologized in 110 Stories, New York Writes After September Eleventh (NYU Press, 2002). She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, the Columbia Fiction Award and residency fellowships at The Ragdale Foundation and The Corporation of Yaddo. Thea holds an MFA from Brooklyn College, CUNY and has taught writing at New York University, The New School University and The Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.Originally from New York City, she and her family now live in Chicago. The Sunshine When She’s Gone is her first novel.

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The Sunshine When She's Gone: A Novel
ISBN: 0805096620

Henry Holt and Co.. 2013

A fresh, funny, and wisely observed debut novel about marriage-about the love, longing and ambivalence exposed when a husband takes the baby on a highly unusual outing

When Veronica Reed wakes up one frigid January morning, two things are "off"-first of all, she has had a good night's sleep, which hasn't happened in months, and second, both her husband and her baby are gone. Grateful for the much-needed rest, Veronica doesn't, at first, seriously question her husband's trip out to breakfast with baby Clara. Little does she know, her spouse has fled lower Manhattan, with Clara, for some R&R in the Caribbean.

Told through alternating points of view, The Sunshine When She's Gone explores the life-changing impact of parenthood on a couple as individuals and as partners. Thea Goodman brings us into intimacies made tense by sleep-deprivation and to losses and gains made more real by acknowledging them. Here is the story of a couple pushed to the edge and a desperate father's attempt give them both space to breathe.


  • Columbia Fiction, ''The Sunshine When She's Gone''
  • Pushcart Prize Special Mention , ''The Sunshine When She's Gone''

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