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The Year of Fog
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Michelle Richmond is the author of The Year of Fog, Dream of the Blue Room, and the award-winning story collection The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Michelle lives with her husband and son in San Francisco, where she is at work on her next novel. From the Hardcover edition.

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A leisurely walk on a foggy San Francisco beach culminates in every parent's worst nightmare-a missing child. Abby turns her head for a matter of seconds to look at a dead seal pup. When she looks back up, her fianc? Jake's six-year-old daughter, Emma, is gone. Abby knows that Emma is still alive and that the clue needed to solve her disappearance is buried in her memory, but the police and even Jake eventually decide that Emma must have drowned. Stopping the search is not an option for Abby; to let go of Emma would be to let go of her own sanity. Richmond (Dream of the Blue Room) has written a mesmerizing novel of loss and grief, hope and redemption, and the endurance of love. Expect high demand in public libraries with a following for authors like Jodi Picoult and Jacquelyn Mitchard. Highly recommended.-Karen Fauls-Traynor, Sullivan Free Lib., Chittenango, NY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

In this spare page-turner, Richmond (Dream of the Blue Room) draws complex tensions from a the set setup of a child gone missing. Photographer Abby Mason stops on San Francisco's Ocean Beach with her fiance Jake's six-year-old daughter, Emma, to photograph a seal pup; by the time Abby looks up, Emma has disappeared. Abby, who narrates, flashes back to her growing relationship with high school teacher Jake, and sketches its transformation over the course of the search. Emma's mother, Lisbeth (who abandoned the family three years earlier), wants back into Jake's life-even as he is giving up hope on finding Emma. Abby delves into the bereft missing children subculture and into the vagaries of memory. A hypnotist helps Abby unearth promising details of that singular last day with Emma, but the information requires major follow-through from Abby. The book's twist on missing child stories is wholly effective. Richmond develops the principle characters, and Abby's dysfunctional parents make for sharply drawn secondaries, as do local surfers. The book is beautifully paced-one feels Abby's clarity of purpose from the first page. The sure-handed denouement reflects the focus and restraint that Richmond brings to bear throughout. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"The Year of Fog is impossible to stop reading. Even as I savored Michelle Richmond's rich prose and fascinating passages on photography and the nature of memory, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. A missing child, a haunting neighborhood, a search for love...The Year of Fog has it all. Make a sandwich now: you won't stop reading for hours."--Amanda Eyre Ward, author of How to Be Lost "What a wonderful novel! The lush prose kept me turning pages as surely as the compelling plot did. Suspenseful, richly imagined, and ultimately hopeful, The Year of Fog is a keeper. Michelle Richmond is a talent to watch."--Joshilyn Jackson, author of Gods in Alabama and Between, Georgia "A child's disappearance is at the heart of this riveting read that follows photographer, fianc�e and soon-to-be-stepmother Abby Mason. Once the drama starts, prepare to race to the last page." --Hallmark magazine ("New Book We Love) "Involving, heartrending and immediately readable." --San Francisco Examiner "Gripping." --People "Captivating." --Family Circle "GRADE: A." --Washington Post "The best new novel of the summer." --Mobile Register From the Hardcover edition.

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