The Missing Person
By Alix Ohlin
(Vintage, Paperback, 9781400031382, 304pp.)
Publication Date: August 8, 2006
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When art history grad student Lynn Fleming finds out that Wylie, her younger brother, has disappeared, she reluctantly leaves New York and returns to the dusty Albuquerque of her youth. What she finds when she arrives is more unsettling and frustrating than she could have predicted. Wylie is nowhere to be found, not in the tiny apartment he shares with a grungy band of eco-warriors, or lingering close to his suspiciously well-maintained Caprice. As Wylie continues to evade her, Lynn becomes certain that Angus, one of her brother’s environmental cohorts, must know more than he is revealing. What follows is a tale of ecological warfare, bending sensibilities, and familial surprises as Lynn searches for her missing person.
Alix Ohlin was born in Montreal and studied at Harvard University and the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, TX. Her fiction has been selected for Best New American Voices 2004 and Best American Short Stories 2005. She has received awards and fellowships from the Atlantic Monthly, the Sewanee Writers Conference, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, and teaches at Lafayette College.
"A taut, tart chronicle of family life, with its scattered joys and nonnegotiable sorrows." –Los Angeles Times"A radiant debut. . . . Smart and original [with] a Southwest so perfectly imagined the reader can smell the dust. . . . Marvelous." –The Philadelphia Inquirer"A seriously entertaining and probing novel." –The Washington Post"The Missing Person isn't a mystery yarn or a family gothic, a romance, or a satire of radical environmentalism. It's all of the above and then some. . . . Delicious." –Austin Chronicle"Alix Ohlin is a sensitive writer, alert to the look and feel of things, and to the comedies and contradictions of her characters' obsessions." –The New York Times Book Review