Loveyoubye

Hanging On, Letting Go, And Then There's The Dog

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Pub Date 08 Apr 2014 | Archive Date 21 Mar 2014

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When Rossandra White walks into her Laguna Beach home one day to find that her husband of twenty-five years has disappeared—leaving behind only a cryptic, hastily written note on the kitchen counter as an explanation—she knows he'll come back. It’s not the first time this has happened, and she trusts that their marriage, though tumultuous, will endure. But she soon learns that this time is different—and as new information comes to light, she realizes that the cracks in their relationship may have deepened past the point of repair.

In the midst of this turmoil, White’s physically and mentally disabled younger brother needs her help. She returns to South Africa, land of her birth, to answer his call—and when she comes back to California, she finds that her dog Sweetpea, who for years has served as a vital emotional link between herself and her husband, has begun to succumb to a fatal illness. Ultimately, it is this core-rattling confluence of crises that forces White to face her own demons and make a decision: stay in a marriage that’s crumbling before her eyes, or leave her husband and forge a new life for herself.

When Rossandra White walks into her Laguna Beach home one day to find that her husband of twenty-five years has disappeared—leaving behind only a cryptic, hastily written note on the kitchen counter...

Advance Praise

“Loveyoubye is jam-packed with warmth and humor, heartbreak and healing, and unexpected twists. From South Africa to Laguna Beach to sitting on the couch beside her most intimate companion, Rossandra White rises to the challenges of the past and the future with grit and wit.”—Ana Maria Spagna, author of Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness

“The title Loveyoubye captures in one word the dual themes woven with grace and agility throughout this magnificent memoir—the universal and often simultaneous experiences of love and loss. Rossandra White’s portrayals of her journeys (and the loved ones she encounters along the way) are so clear-eyed, so perceptive and poetic, that we, the lucky readers, would happily accompany her anywhere in the world.”—Thomas White, author of The Wisdom of Sons


“Maybe in the best of all possible worlds, all you need is love, but, as White reminds us in her very affecting memoir, reality is much more complicated. Any woman who has stayed in a marriage, or relationship, longer than she should have, will see herself in these pages.”—Deborah Batterman, Pushcart nominee and author of Shoes Hair Nails

“Loveyoubye is jam-packed with warmth and humor, heartbreak and healing, and unexpected twists. From South Africa to Laguna Beach to sitting on the couch beside her most intimate companion...


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