Miss Me When I'm Gone
By Emily Arsenault
(William Morrow & Company, Paperback, 9780062103109, 354pp.)
Publication Date: July 2012
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Author Gretchen Waters made a name for herself with her bestseller Tammylanda memoir about her divorce and her admiration for country music icons Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton that was praised as a "honky-tonk Eat, Pray, Love." But her writing career is cut abruptly short when she dies from a fall down a set of stone library steps. It is a tragic accident and no one suspects foul play, certainly not Gretchen's best friend from college, Jamie, who's been named the late author's literary executor.
But there's an unfinished manuscript Gretchen left behind that is much darker than Tammyland: a book ostensibly about male country musicians yet centered on a murder in Gretchen's family that haunted her childhood. In its pages, Gretchen seems to be speaking to Jamie from beyond the gravesuggesting her death was no accident . . . and that Jamie must piece together the story someone would kill to keep untold.