The Sweet Relief of Missing Children: A Novel
W. W. Norton & Company
The Sweet Relief of Missing Children is a darkly suspenseful novel that drops us off on the streets of New York City, where a precocious twelve-year-old girl, Leonora, goes missing without a trace. Miles upstate and many years earlier, a lonely boy, Paul, becomes fed up with his negligent mother, whose fearful, desperate search for a “good man” eventually drives him out of her sight and out of their house. Without leaving a note, rebellious teenage Judith runs away from home with an older lover who promises adventure and thrilling, new pleasures. Though the disappearances are separated by years, a thread of interconnection draws these restless souls together. Each voice, while telling its own story, ultimately comes together to form a daring, profound chorus of haunting encounters with abandonment and loyalty, self-betrayal and self-discovery. The New Yorker praises The Sweet Relief of Missing Children as a “fleet, brave, emotionally luminous new novel."
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