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The Sweet Relief of Missing Children

A Novel

Sarah Braunstein


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Paperback (2/13/2012)
Compact Disc (2/28/2011)


"A magnificent debut filled with characters so vivid, strange, and richly imagined, you emerge feeling changed."—Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

In New York City, a girl called Leonora vanishes without a trace. Years earlier and miles upstate, Goldie, a wild, negligent mother, searches for a man to help raise her precocious son, Paul, who later discovers that the only way to save his soul is to run away. As the narrative moves back and forth in time, we find deeper interconnections between these stories and growing clues about Leonora—this missing girl whose face looks out from telephone poles and billboards—whom one character will give anything to save.

The Sweet Relief of Missing Children is a suspenseful novel about the power of running and the desire for reinvention. It explores the terror and transcendence of our most central experiences: childhood, parenthood, sex, love.

Praise For The Sweet Relief of Missing Children: A Novel

Through random encounters and elliptical dialogue, Braunstein locates the pain in these people’s lives and makes it shimmer.
— Booklist

The reader becomes a sort of watcher peering into a variety of small-town kitchens and bedrooms, and looking hard into hearts that have been broken or shaken loose.
— Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of American Salvage

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393076592, 363pp.

Publication Date: February 28, 2011

About the Author

Sarah Braunstein is the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Writers' Award and was named one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35." She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in Portland, Maine.