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The Resource Songs for the missing, Stewart O'Nan

Songs for the missing, Stewart O'Nan

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Songs for the missing
Title
Songs for the missing
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Stewart O'Nan
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Songs for the missing
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Language
eng
Summary
When a popular high-school student goes missing from her small Midwestern community, her loving parents, introverted sister, friends, and boyfriend devote themselves to finding her
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Review
  • O'Nan's latest novel delves with uncanny empathy into the tangled emotions of a family in sustained crisis. The Larsens are an average midwestern family until Kim, 18, disappears one summer afternoon on the way to her job at the local Conoco station. As hours turn into days, months, and finally more than three years, O'Nan illuminates the lives of family and friends changed by this tragedy. Kim's mother throws herself into a frenzy of America's Most Wanted activity—appearing on posters, Web sites, and television shows—all the while regretting the increasing distance between her and Kim in the months before her disappearance. Kim's father morphs into a detective—shadowing the police, living in cheap motels, and tacking up flyers by the thousands. Kim's younger sister feels lost in the shuffle and struggles to stay out of the unwelcome spotlight. Her best friends and boyfriend go off to college guiltily, feeling as though they should stay, forever frozen in search mode. O'Nan brings each character to life so perceptively, the reader becomes completely enmeshed in this sad story. -- Donovan, Deborah (Reviewed 10-01-2008) (Booklist, vol 105, number 3, p25)
  • /* Starred Review */ O'Nan proves that uncertainty can be the worst punishment of all in this unflinching look at an unraveling family. In the small town of Kingsville, Ohio, 18-year-old Kim Larsen—popular and bound for college in the fall—disappears on her way to work one afternoon. Not until the next morning do her parents, Ed and Fran, and 15-year-old sister, Lindsay, realize Kim is missing. The lead detective on the case tells the Larsens that since Kim is an adult, she could, if the police find her, ask that the police not disclose her location to her parents. When Kim's car later turns up in nearby Sandusky, Ed, desperate to help, joins the official search. Meanwhile, Fran stays home putting all her energy into community fund-raisers, and Lindsay struggles to maintain a normal life. Through shifting points of view, chiefly those of the shell-shocked parents and the moody Lindsay, O'Nan raises the suspense while conveying the sheer torture of what it's like not to know what has happened to a loved one. When—if ever—do you stop looking? 6-city author tour. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed September 22, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 38, p37)
  • Kim Larsen just graduated from high school and is spending her last summer working at the Conoco station and hanging out with her friends before heading off to college. But one day, she doesn't show up for work, and her bed is still empty the next morning. As her parents frantically begin searching for her, posting missing posters, working with a detective, and leading volunteers through the woods, the cold reality of the loss sinks in. Kim's younger sister, Lindsay, the bookish band geek, tries to help hunt for Kim but is caught up in her own storm of emotions. O'Nan (Last Night at the Lobster ) has created a compelling portrait of what happens to both a family and a community when someone goes missing. The grief, worry, and hope surges up and down as good and bad news arrives, giving those of us lucky enough not to face this kind of loss a glimpse of what it must be like to have one's life turned upside down in a matter of days. Recommended for most public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/08.]—Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Lib., OH --Robin Nesbitt (Reviewed August 15, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 13, p71)
  • /* Starred Review */ Taut prose and matter-of-fact detail enrich this compelling portrait of teenage life in small-town Ohio, as the disappearance of a popular girl on the cusp of leaving home for college changes the communal dynamic of family and friends.The latest from O'Nan (Last Night at the Lobster, 2007, etc.) initially reads like a whodunit, but who or why become less important than the character of the vanished Kim Larsen from the differing memories of those who knew her best—or thought they did—and the ways in which Kim's disappearance allows all sorts of revelations to come to light. The opening chapter is the only one that views Kim's life from her own perspective: the job she tolerates, the little sister who occasionally annoys her, the parents whose tension between them sometimes rises to the surface, the friends with whom she shares routines and some confidences, the boyfriend with whom she isn't serious enough to stay with past the summer. She anticipates college as an escape from the town where "every night they fought a war against boredom and lost," yet she's understandably apprehensive about living away from home. Then she disappears, putting her parents into a panic, forcing her friends to decide which secrets to reveal, uniting the community in its attempts to aid the search and offer support to the family. Will Kim's disappearance end her parents' marriage or make it stronger? Is there a logical explanation, a motive, or is this simply evidence of "the world's incoherence"? Though the author sustains narrative momentum through the conventions of the police procedural (with chapter headings such as "Description of the Person, When Last Seen" and "Known Whereabouts"), ultimately the novel is less about a possible crime than about the interconnections of small-town life. "The problem was that everything was connected," thinks one of Kim's friends. "One lie covered another, which covered a third, which rested against a fourth. It all went back to Kingsville being so goddamn small."A novel in which every word rings true. (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2008)
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275269
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1961-
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O'Nan, Stewart
Dewey number
813/.54
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no index present
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fiction
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True
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  • Teenage girls
  • Missing persons
  • Missing persons
  • Teenage girls
  • Ohio
  • Ohio
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Songs for the missing, Stewart O'Nan
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711676
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
287 pages
Isbn
9780670020324
Lccn
2008022274
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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9780670020324
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  • (Sirsi) i9780670020324
  • (OCoLC)213308773
Label
Songs for the missing, Stewart O'Nan
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
711676
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
287 pages
Isbn
9780670020324
Lccn
2008022274
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780670020324
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780670020324
  • (OCoLC)213308773

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