Songs for the Missing

By Stewart O'Nan
Viking Adult, Hardcover, 9780670020324, 320pp.

Publication Date: October 30, 2008

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the November 2008 Indie Next List
“Popular high school student Kim Larsen disappears from her Midwestern home. Yes, it's every parent's nightmare. And, yes, this book pulls you in with its quiet power and alternating moods of hope and doom, as you are drawn into reading it long into the night. Highly recommended.”
— Nancy Simpson, The Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA


Description
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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