Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan

Kim Larsen only has a few weeks left at home before heading off to college. One afternoon, she disappears and is reported missing the next morning. Her parents, Fran and Ed, struggle to get the help they need from the police while doing their own searching and enlisting community and media help to find their daughter. In Songs for the Missing, the reader sees through the eyes of people close to Kim--Fran, Ed, Lindsay (her younger sister), J.D. (her boyfriend), and Nina (her best friend) how her absence and uncertainty of her whereabouts affects them. O'Nan has written a character-centered novel that pulls the reader into a story of loss and courage.

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