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Individual Author Record

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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Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

The sunshine when she's gone :
ISBN: 9781491518762. OCLC Number: 910610307

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One frigid, January morning in Manhattan, a new father, racked by sleep deprivation, decides to let his wife sleep in - then spontaneously flees lower Manhattan with the baby for a weekend in the Caribbean. It wasn't a kidnapping, he wasn't leaving his wife; he just wanted to spend a little time with the baby and give his wife a break. When the wife awakes, truly rested for the first time in nearly a year, she feels great - and embarks on a city adventure as misguided in its own way as her husband's impulsive escape. Told from the couple's alternating points of view, the story unfolds across one life-changing long weekend. The wife tries to recapture who she was before the baby. The husband struggles to care for his daughter - far from the special homemade formula and high-end diapers she requires. Parenting had seemed like such a doable idea - until they tried to do it. Lucky, highly educated Americans, this couple barely survives making the first real sacrifice of their lives. But survive it they do, in a hilarious, touching, tour de force debut about passion, ambivalence, and love. Thea Goodman's astute debut novel poses the question, What if you were to step out of your embedded life? And her discerning mind answers it with a tale of Manhattanites more inextricably bound together than they might imagine.

The sunshine when she's gone :
ISBN: 0805096620. OCLC Number: 796756408

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Follows a young couple over one life-changing weekend during which the husband flees lower Manhattan with his newborn daughter for a weekend in the Caribbean, while his wife tries to recapture who she was before the baby.