Songs for the Missing

Songs for the Missing

Book - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2008
ISBN: 9780670020324
067002032X
Branch Call Number: F O'NAN
FICTION O'Nan
Characteristics: 287 p. ; 22 cm

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Pisinga
Nov 30, 2012

Now every other book is about the missing teenagers and how that affects the whole family, and most of all, the younger siblings. Although it is a very sad story, the book is a chronicle of the search for the missing girl. Very slow, and, unfortunately, quite boring.

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ownedbydoxies
Mar 15, 2012

Excellent, well-written book with deep emotional appeal and well-rounded characters.

reissja Apr 02, 2011

This terrific novel, which I read a few years ago when it first came out, involves the ever-popular plot device of a character's disappearance. Thanks to O'Nan's stellar use of dialogue--his unfailing ear for current speech patterns used by young people--as well as his uncanny suspense and elliptical yet right-on-target sentences, "Songs for the Missing" is unique. O'Nan's oeuvre tends to have its ups and downs. This book is one of his best. Unlike its young female character who goes missing, this book is not likely to disappear.

James Reiss
www.jamesreiss.com/

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