Nobody Is Ever Missing: A Novel

By | October 29, 2017
Nobody Is Ever Missing: A Novel Author Catherine Lacey
ISBN-10 0374534497
ISBN-13 9780374534493
Year 2014-07-08
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher FSG Originals
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Without telling her family Elyria takes a one way flight to New Zealand abruptly leaving her stable but unfulfilling life in Manhattan As her husband scrambles to figure out what happened to her Elyria hurtles into the unknown testing fate by hitchhiking tacitly being swept into the lives of strangers and sleeping in fields forests and public parks Her risky and often surreal encounters with the people and wildlife of New Zealand propel Elyria deeper into her deteriorating mind Haunted by her sister s death and consumed by an inner violence her growing rage remains so expertly concealed that those who meet her sense nothing unwell This discord between her inner and outer reality leads her to another obsession If her truest self is invisible and unknowable to others is she even alive The risks Elyria takes on her journey are paralleled by the risks Catherine Lacey takes on the page In urgent spiraling prose she whittles away at the rage within Elyria and exposes the very real very knowable anxiety of the human condition And yet somehow Lacey manages to poke fun at her unrelenting self consciousness her high stakes search for the dark heart of the self In the spirit of Haruki Murakami and Amelia Gray Nobody Is Ever Missing is full of mordant humor and uncanny insights as Elyria waffles between obsession and numbness in the face of love loss danger and self knowledge

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