HOWARD FRANK MOSHER is the author of ten books, including Waiting for Teddy Williams, The True Account, and A Stranger in the Kingdom, which, along with Disappearances, was corecipient of the New England Book Award for fiction. He lives in Vermont.
Disappearancesby Howard Frank Mosher
Bill's dad, desperate to preserve his cattle herd through a bitter winter, resorts to smuggling whiskey--a traditional family occupation. He takes his son on a voyage that will remain etched in the reader's mind: a journey
The time: 1932, just before the repeal of Prohibition and just shy of Wild Bill's 14th birthday. The place: Vermont, near the Canadian border.
Bill's dad, desperate to preserve his cattle herd through a bitter winter, resorts to smuggling whiskey--a traditional family occupation. He takes his son on a voyage that will remain etched in the reader's mind: a journey into the demonic and spellbinding past. What they find is the genuine stuff of legends.
"This bounding, inchoate, exuberant book is everything a first novel should be. Mosher revels in an abundance of material, yet is exactly accurate about a thousand details of farming, timbering and whiskey-running life on the Vermont-Canadian border." --Edward Hoagland
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This is one of my all-time favorite books. I first read it as a young man, and when I finished it I gave it to my dad. He liked it so much I didn't see it again until he died, and I noticed he'd written his name on the flyleaf. Now at 64 I'm reading it again, and will soon pass it down to my 26-yr old son.
Quebec Bill Bonhomme, the father of the narrator of this wonderful story, is one of the quirkiest characters I have ever come across in a book. He is the anti-Atticus Finch! Even if the rest of the story was worthless, which it most certainly isn't, he would be reason enought to read this book.
In dissappearences, howard frank moshar has crafted a beautiful, intricate work . This book is incredible. The story is mythical and poetic, a brilliant and revolutionary work. It is a must-read for all.
This novel is more a folk story of a lost Vermont. I would say it's not 'strange' as the student from Vermont said, as much as it is a portrait of Vermont 'heroes' trying to exist in a disappearing world. Yes, there is bonding between father and son, but there is a lot more to the story. Mosher's understanding of the farming and logging way of life is described beautifully. My suggestion is read it twice. Each time you will understand it better and get more out of the story.
This book was the weirdest book i think ive ever read. It skips around a little but not so much that you loose your place. I find myself understanding some of the sub messages, the lose of the true wilderness and the counter evolving of the family, the best way i can decsribe this book is strange, most readers will get the theme, father and boy bonding through trying times but i think you have to be in the New England area to get the full message of this book. It is deffintly worth reading though, even if you dont live anywhere near New England, I think everyone will come away with something from this book.