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Songs for the missing
Stewart O'Nan
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From Publishers' Weekly:

O'Nan proves that uncertainty can be the worst punishment of all in this unflinching look at an unraveling family. In the small town of Kingsville, Ohio, 18-year-old Kim Larsen--popular and bound for college in the fall--disappears on her way to work one afternoon. Not until the next morning do her parents, Ed and Fran, and 15-year-old sister, Lindsay, realize Kim is missing. The lead detective on the case tells the Larsens that since Kim is an adult, she could, if the police find her, ask that the police not disclose her location to her parents. When Kim's car later turns up in nearby Sandusky, Ed, desperate to help, joins the official search. Meanwhile, Fran stays home putting all her energy into community fund-raisers, and Lindsay struggles to maintain a normal life. Through shifting points of view, chiefly those of the shell-shocked parents and the moody Lindsay, O'Nan raises the suspense while conveying the sheer torture of what it's like not to know what has happened to a loved one. When--if ever--do you stop looking? 6-city author tour. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

O'Nan (Last Night at the Lobster) here captures the emotional upheaval the disappearance of a young girl inflicts on her family and friends, writing with forceful clarity of their anxiety, mingled hope and fear, depression, anger, nostalgia, and sense of loss. Actress/singer/narrator Emily Janice Card (Special Topics in Calamity Physics) gives a fine performance; her delivery of the teenage dialog is especially successful. Recommended for all audio collections. [Audio clip available through us.penguingroup.com; the Viking hc was recommended "for most public libraries," LJ 8/08.-Ed.]-Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Libs., Kingston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Ed Larsen
Male
Married
Daughter is missing; joins the official search to find his daughter.

Fran Larsen
Female
Married
Daughter is missing; running fund-raisers to help find her daughter; sets up a website for her daughter.

Lindsay Larsen
Female
Age: 15
Her older sister is missing; retreats into herself; keeps people away.
Student



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