Songs for the Missing

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Songs for the Missing

By Stewart O'Nan

Viking Adult, Hardcover, 9780670020324, 320pp.

Publication Date: October 30, 2008

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.