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Songs for the Missingby Stewart Onan
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An enthralling portrait of one family in the aftermath of a daughteras disappearance.
It was the summer of her Chevette, of J.P. and letting her hair grow, It was also the summer when, without warning, popular high school student Kim Larsen disappeared from her small midwestern town. Her loving parents, her introverted sister, her friends and boyfriend must now do everything they can to find her. As desperate search parties give way to pleading television appearances, and private investigations yield to personal revelations, we see one townas intimate struggle to maintain hope and, finally, to live with the unknown.
Stewart OaNanas new novel begins with the suspense and pacing of a thriller and soon deepens into an affecting family drama of loss. On the heels of his critically acclaimed and nationally bestselling Last Night at the Lobster, Songs for the Missing is an honest, heartfelt account of one familyas attempt to find their child. With a soulful empathy for these ordinary heroes, OaNan draws us into the world of this small American town and allows us to feel a part of this family.
Returning again to the theme of working-class people and their wrenching concerns, Songs for the Missing begins with the suspenseful pace of a thriller, following an Ohio community?s efforts to locate a young woman who has gone missing. It soon deepens into an affecting portrait of a family trying desperately to hold onto itself and the memory of a daughter whose return becomes increasingly unlikely. Stark and honest, this is an intimate account of what happens behind the headlines of a very American tragedy.
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"Riveting . . . Songs for the Missing is an engaging and often excruciating read."
-The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
" O'Nan is on a kind of mission to restore a simple, true sense of humanity to the novel."
-The New York Times Book Review
"Songs for the Missing has a plot that is deceptively easy to summarize, but the book has a mood so subtle that only first-rate fiction can evoke it."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"O'Nan's writing is undeniably skillful . . . The pacing is spotless."
-The Miami Herald
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