Monday, February 17, 2020

Ten top books about missing persons

Kathleen Donohoe is the author the novels Ashes of Fiery Weather and the newly released Ghosts of the Missing.

Her stories and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, Harpur Palate, Inkwell, Washington Square, Irish America Magazine and the anthology The Writing Irish of New York.

She grew up in Brooklyn, NY and currently lives there with her husband and son.

At CrimeReads, Donohoe tagged ten "books about missing persons, fiction and nonfiction, [that] grapple with what it is like to search and mourn at once." One title on the list:
What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman

In 1975, the Bethany sisters, eleven and fifteen years old, disappear from a Baltimore, Maryland shopping mall. There are no witnesses to an abduction, no suspects. As one character asks, who grabs two?

Thirty years later, a woman comes forward, claiming to be the younger of the two girls. Lippman has arranged the plot so that an answer via DNA is not an option. The novel is concerned not only with the pain of a family that lost both their daughters, but also the is-she-or-isn’t she aspect of the plot, and how a family can ever truly know a child who was taken from them.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: What the Dead Know.

--Marshal Zeringue