The Sweet Relief of Missing Children

The Sweet Relief of Missing Children

[a Novel]

Book - 2011
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In New York City, a girl called Leonora vanishes without a trace. Years earlier and miles upstate, Goldie, a wild, negligent mother, searches for a man to help raise her precocious son, Paul, who later discovers that the only way to save his soul is to run away. As the narrative moves back and forth in time, we find deeper interconnections between these stories and growing clues about Leonora--this missing girl whose face looks out from telephone poles and billboards--whom one character will give anything to save.The Sweet Relief of Missing Children is a suspenseful novel about the power of running and the desire for reinvention. It explores the terror and transcendence of our most central experiences: childhood, parenthood, sex, love.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393076592
Branch Call Number: BRAU
Characteristics: 363 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 25, 2011

I waited a long time for this hold to come in and I was not impressed. It was well-written and I liked the way the characters' lives were intertwined but it was DARK. I felt like everyone was too messed up, too perverse and dark. I didn't love any of the characters so I didn't enjoy it.

LauraADPPL May 14, 2011

Beautifully written, interesting characters, but a bit diffuse: you felt like the author didn't quite know how to conclude the book.

Mar 17, 2011

After finishing this book I'm a bit torn. I enjoyed reading it but the more I reflect on it I realize the plot could be summed up in two words: Bad Mothers. The only mom who isn't ungrateful, whiny and unhappy has her daughter kidnapped. The characters are intriguing but largely unlikeable. I'll be curious to read other feedback!

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