The News Where You Are: A Novel

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Macmillan, Jul 6, 2010 - Fiction - 272 pages
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From the bestselling author of What Was Lost comes a spirited literary mystery about a television anchorman's search for the truth about the disappearances that surround him

Frank Allcroft, a television news anchor in his hometown (where he reports on hard-hitting events, like the opening of canine gyms for overweight pets), is on the verge of a mid-life crisis. Beneath his famously corny on-screen persona, Frank is haunted by loss: the mysterious hit-and-run that killed his predecessor and friend, Phil, and the ongoing demolition of his architect father's monumental postwar buildings. And then there are the things he can't seem to lose, no matter how hard he tries: his home, for one, on the market for years; and the nagging sense that he will never quite be the son his mother—newly ensconced in an assisted-living center—wanted.

As Frank uncovers the shocking truth behind Phil's death, and comes to terms with his domineering father's legacy, it is his beloved young daughter, Mo, who points him toward the future. Funny and touching, The News Where You Are is a moving exploration of what we do and don't leave behind, proving once more that Catherine O'Flynn's writing "shimmers with dark brilliance" (Chicago Tribune).
The News Where You Are is a 2011 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Paperback Original.

 

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Contents

prologue
1
six months later
3
chapter two
8
chapter three
13
chapter four
17
chapter five
24
chapter six
28
chapter seven
35
chapter twentyeight
142
francis 1975
147
chapter thirty
150
phil janurary 2009
156
chapter thirtytwo
159
chapter thirtythree
165
chapter thirtyfour
169
chapter thirtyfive
176

chapter eight
39
chapter nine
44
chapter ten
49
chapter eleven
54
michael october 2009
58
chapter thirteen
63
chapter fourteen
68
chapter fifteen
74
phil december 2008
80
chapter seventeen
84
francis 1975
88
chapter nineteen
91
michael october 2009
94
chapter twentyone
99
chapter twentytwo
106
chapter twentythree
113
chapter twentyfour
119
francis 1975
124
chapter twentysix
129
chapter twentyseven
136
chapter thirtysix
179
chapter thirtyseven
184
francis 1975
188
chapter thirtynine
192
chapter forty
197
phil february 2009
201
chapter fortytwo
204
chapter fortythree
209
michael october 2009
214
chapter forty five
216
chapter fortysix
221
phil march 2009
225
chapter fortyeight
226
chapter fortynine
231
one month later
238
chapter fiftyone
241
chapter fiftytwo
246
michael october 2009
249
acknowledgments
251
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About the author (2010)

Catherine O'Flynn's is the author of The News Where You Are and What Was Lost, which won the Costa First Novel Award in 2007, was short-listed for The Guardian First Book Award, and was long-listed for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. She lives in Birmingham, England.

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