Songs for the Missing

Songs for the Missing

Book - 2008/10/30
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Penguin Putnam
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.

Baker & Taylor
When a popular high-school student goes missing from her small Midwestern community, her loving parents, introverted sister, friends, and boyfriend devote themselves to finding her, an effort that gives way to pleading television appearances, private investigations, and intimate struggles to cling to hope. 60,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
"It was the summer of her Chevette, of J.P., and letting her hair grow." It is also the summer when, without warning, college-bound Kim Larsen disappears from her quiet Lake Erie town. Her parents, her little sister, her best friends and new boyfriend now must do everything to find her. As time passes and local search parties give way to wider TV appearances, private investigations unearth dirty secrets, and we follow those closest to Kim as they struggle to maintain hope and, finally, as the news cameras turn away, to hang on to both her and themselves. Stark and honest, this is an intimate account of what happens behind and beyond the headlines when those who stay after the media leaves deal with the real consequences of a very American tragedy.
Stewart O'Nan's newest novel opens with the suspense of a thriller and soon deepens into an affecting family drama of loss.

Baker
& Taylor

When a popular high-school student goes missing from her small Midwestern community, her loving parents, introverted sister, friends, and boyfriend devote themselves to finding her.

Publisher: New York : Viking, Expected publication date - 2008/10/30
ISBN: 9780670020324
067002032X
Branch Call Number: FICTION ONAN
Characteristics: 287 p.

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Pisinga
Nov 30, 2012

Now every other book is about the missing teenagers and how that affects the whole family, and most of all, the younger siblings. Although it is a very sad story, the book is a chronicle of the search for the missing girl. Very slow, and, unfortunately, quite boring.

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ownedbydoxies
Mar 15, 2012

Excellent, well-written book with deep emotional appeal and well-rounded characters.

reissja Apr 02, 2011

This terrific novel, which I read a few years ago when it first came out, involves the ever-popular plot device of a character's disappearance. Thanks to O'Nan's stellar use of dialogue--his unfailing ear for current speech patterns used by young people--as well as his uncanny suspense and elliptical yet right-on-target sentences, "Songs for the Missing" is unique. O'Nan's oeuvre tends to have its ups and downs. This book is one of his best. Unlike its young female character who goes missing, this book is not likely to disappear.

James Reiss
www.jamesreiss.com/

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