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A Memoir

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A twenty-five-year-old recent graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program, Lindsay Harrison began writing Missing as a way to cope with a terrible loss. During her sophomore year at Brown University, Lindsay received a phone call from her brother that her mother was missing. Forty days later they discover the unthinkable: Their mother’s body had been found in the ocean.

Missing is at first a page-turning account of those first forty days, as it chronicles dealings with detectives, false sightings, wild hope, and deep despair. The balance of the story is a candid, emotional exploration of a daughter’s search for solace after tragedy as she tries to understand who her mother truly was, makes peace with her grief, and becomes closer to her father and brothers as her mother’s death forces her to learn more about her mother than she ever knew before.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 25, 2011 – Two months after a life-altering fight with her mother, who had cut off virtually all contact, debut author Harrison is shaken when her mother suddenly goes missing. Harrison presents a gripping and raw account of the unfolding events that took place five years ago when the author was a 20-year-old sophomore at Brown. Harrison struggles to make sense of what could have happened to the woman who had once been her best friendand who held the family together after divorce. For 40 days, the author and her two brothers exhaust and distract themselves with police reports, endless fliers posted around dozens of towns near their mother's Massachusetts home, and chasing down false sightings. Finally, after nearly six weeks, her mother's body is found, and the siblings reconcile themselves to the reality of how their mother died. Harrison falls apart, trying to "self-destruct unnoticed" with pills, alcohol, and a halfhearted suicide attempt with a razor. A year after her mother's death, with few answers, she finds some relief attending a bereavement group. The writing is solid, but the narrative might have benefited from a little more time and distance (Harrison recently graduated from Columbia's M.F.A. program).
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Aug 02, 2011
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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