Songs for the Missing: A Novel (Paperback)

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November 2008 Indie Next List

“Popular high school student Kim Larsen disappears from her Midwestern home. Yes, it's every parent's nightmare. And, yes, this book pulls you in with its quiet power and alternating moods of hope and doom, as you are drawn into reading it long into the night. Highly recommended.”
— Nancy Simpson, The Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA


A heartfelt family drama of loss and reconciliation with the unthinkable, from the author of Emily, Alone and Henry, Himself

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.

About the Author

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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Product Details
ISBN: 9780143116028
ISBN-10: 0143116029
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: August 25th, 2009
Pages: 304
Language: English

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