Songs for the Missing: A Novel

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Penguin, Oct 30, 2008 - Fiction - 304 pages
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A heartfelt family drama of loss and reconciliation with the unthinkable

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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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I would read a phone book written by Stewart O'Nan. He knows just the perfect detail to include to immediately draw the reader in and identify with his characters and their experiences. This novel is ... Read full review

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Grief and hope quietly take over the life of a family waiting to learn what happened to their daughter. Just weeks before she is to leave for college, she vanishes. O'Nan portrays the emotional roller ... Read full review

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Descriptionofthe Person When Last Seen
Another KindofLie Nonfamily Abduction Sample The Right toDisappear
Hello MyName
The Losers Bracket
The Last Time
Head Check
The AdvancedStages
Americas Most Wanted
Catch and Release
The Killer Next Door

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About the author (2008)

Stewart O'Nan is the author of numerous books, including West of Sunset, The Odds, Emily Alone, Snow Angels, Songs for the Missing, and A Prayer for the Dying. His 2007 novel, Last Night at the Lobster, was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where he lives with his family.

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