The Boy Vanishes [NOOK Book]

Overview

From "New York Times" bestselling author Jennifer Haigh, "The Boy Vanishes" is a short story that is novelistic in its scope and emotional intensity. Taut and powerful, it is a keen reimagining of a whodunit in which everyone is implicated and no one is safe.

It?s the summer of 1976 on the South Shore of Massachusetts. The Bicentennial is a season-long celebration, and flags are everywhere, snapping in the seaside winds, ironed onto T-shirts,...
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The Boy Vanishes

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Overview

From "New York Times" bestselling author Jennifer Haigh, "The Boy Vanishes" is a short story that is novelistic in its scope and emotional intensity. Taut and powerful, it is a keen reimagining of a whodunit in which everyone is implicated and no one is safe.

It’s the summer of 1976 on the South Shore of Massachusetts. The Bicentennial is a season-long celebration, and flags are everywhere, snapping in the seaside winds, ironed onto T-shirts, tattooed into biceps. Tim O’Connor works the Cigarette Game booth at Funland—toss a quarter placed on an eight-sided ball into the right slot and you win two packs of smokes or maybe, if you’re lucky, a carton. If asked his age, he’d say he’s seventeen, but in truth he’s fourteen. Yet the kids in blue-collar Grantham—a town first imagined by Haigh in her devastating bestseller “Faith”—grow up fast, are known for being wild, and more often than not drop out of school to punch the clock at the nearby Raytheon plant.

When Tim disappears after the park’s closing one night, no one makes much of it till late morning. It’s not the first time his mother, Kay, has forgotten to pick him up. It’s not the first time he has stayed out all night. By the time local cops begin their investigation, there is little trace of the boy, only witnesses to a complicated set of relationships in a place where surviving isn’t always thriving and where disappointment mixes with the salt in the air.

In this superbly crafted story, the search for a missing boy becomes a search for the American dream, laying bare how destructive its promises often are. Recalling Dennis Lehane in setting and subject and masters like Graham Greene and Richard Ford in tone and style, Haigh’s latest work is a testament to all that short fiction can be. It’s a searing portrait of how much a community loses when one of its own is lost.
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Jess Walter
Jennifer Haigh’s "The Boy Vanishes" held me breathless and enthralled. She's conjured here a shimmering summer night filled with caustic dreams and broken lives in a place so vivid it seems more remembered than imagined. This is a terrific story, one that thrums with suspense, nostalgia and the haunting power of true mystery.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014998369
  • Publisher: Byliner Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 107,931
  • File size: 138 KB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Haigh is the author of three “New York Times” bestselling novels: “Baker Towers,” “The Condition,” and “Faith.” Her first novel, “Mrs. Kimble,” won the 2004 PEN/Hemingway award for debut fiction, and “Baker Towers” won the 2006 L.L. Winship/PEN award for outstanding book by a New England author. Her short stories have appeared in “The Atlantic” and “Granta,” and her story “Paramour” is included in “Best American Short Stories 2012.” Her short-story collection "News from Heaven" will be published by HarperCollins in September 2013. She lives in the Boston area.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    It was an OK read.

    The story was a little depressing and diappointing in the ending. I really did not understand what the authoe was going for in her story line.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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