The Local News

The Local News

by Miriam Gershow
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The Local News by Miriam Gershow

When fifteen-year-old Lydia Pasternak’s popular older brother Danny disappears late one summer night, she unwillingly becomes a celebrity in her community and an afterthought to her bereaved parents. In Danny’s absence, Lydia blossoms from a bookish outcast to the center of attention, all while grappling with her grudging grief for a brother she never particularly liked. When an intriguing private investigator enters the picture, Lydia finds herself drawn into the search for clues to Danny’s whereabouts. The shocking end to that trail of clues—an end that Lydia never prepares for—will haunt her for the rest of her life. An authentic and at times surprisingly funny dissection of public and private grief, The Local News is an accomplished, affecting debut.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385527620
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/09/2010
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 558,603
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Miriam Gershow graduated from the Program in Creative Writing at the University of Oregon and was a Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her stories have appeared in the Georgia Review, Black Warrior Review, and Quarterly West, among other literary journals. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she is a college instructor with the English Department at The University of Oregon.

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Local News 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
susanjoyce More than 1 year ago
THE LOCAL NEWS is notable for being impossible to put down, and for following a family impacted by violence through many years. Trauma doesn't end in a year or two--it haunts a family forever and this book does a magnificent job of taking the reader on the journey. Though heartbreaking, this story has so much humanity and honest, one sinks deep and thoroughly into the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
donnareads911 More than 1 year ago
I think I was looking forward to a story that would grab my heartstrings and perhaps give me some mystery, but no. This was a sad and dark story of a brother and sister, the brother who goes missing and the tangled story of what becomes an obsession on the sister's part in trying to find her brother. She begins to live her life on his jersey-strings, almost living it vicariously through him, even though he's gone. The family is disjointed, and I really didn't feel any sympathy for the lot of them. It was amost a relief to find out what happened to the "golden" son!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago