Songs for the Missing

A Novel

Stewart O'Nan - Author

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ISBN 9780143116028 | 304 pages | 25 Aug 2009 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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  • I.M.P.A.C. Dublin Award: Longlist 2009
    Connecticut Book Award
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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.

"Riveting . . . Songs for the Missing is an engaging and often excruciating read."
-The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

" O'Nan is on a kind of mission to restore a simple, true sense of humanity to the novel."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Songs for the Missing has a plot that is deceptively easy to summarize, but the book has a mood so subtle that only first-rate fiction can evoke it."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"O'Nan's writing is undeniably skillful . . . The pacing is spotless."
-The Miami Herald

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