The Missing (eBook)


A masterful novel set in 1920s Louisiana, The Missing is the story of Sam Simoneaux, a floorwalker at a New Orleans department store. When a little girl is kidnapped on Sam’s watch he is haunted by guilt, grief, and ghosts from his own troubled past. Determined to find her, Sam sets out on a journey through a world of music and violence, where riverboats teem with drinking and dancing, and where dark swamplands conceal those who choose to live by their own laws. With the fate of the stolen child looming, The Missing vividly depicts an America lurching away from war, where civilization is only beginning to penetrate the hinterlands, and a man must choose between compassion and vengeance.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Tim Gautreaux is the author of two previous novels and two collections of stories. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Harper’s Magazine, and Zoetrope, as well as in volumes of the O. Henry and the Best American Short Story annuals. A professor emeritus in the creative writing program at Southeastern Louisiana University, he lives with his family in Hammond.

Praise for The Missing…

“That rare thing: a needful lesson that nourishes and delights.” –Laurel Maury, San Francisco Chronicle

The Missing has the impact of a book twice its length. It’s a dramatic, theatrical meditation on law and lawlessness, guilt and the hollowness of vengeance [with] all the power, doomed inevitability and spiritual profundity of Conrad’s Victory and Nostromo or Faulkner’s Light in August...The anticipation clutching your throat makes you race towards the novel’s climax. Despite their wise and knowing humour, Gautreaux’s novels seem created out of urgent moral duty, and the importance of reading The Missing is to learn that to live without hatred is our only true privilege.” –Alan Warner, The Guardian (UK)

“Remarkable…Mr. Gautreaux has given us a compelling adventure tale with a moral center.” –Julia Reed, The Wall Street Journal

“Moving and resonant…Gautreaux is an old-fashioned storyteller, a spinner of yarns with a moral…[He] has a mythic sense of plot, a keen ear for dialect and vivid powers of description.” –Malena Watrous, The New York Times Book Review

The Missing is Gautreaux's masterpiece, his most powerful novel to date.” –Susan Larson, New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Gautreaux's lyrical prose fairly soars…Jazz flows through The Missing like another river. So too do nuance and ambiguity…[Gautreaux] has created a grand story with unconventional heft.” –Fred Grimm, The Miami Herald

“Continually engaging…The Missing carries us along as it branches and swells, as if inspired by the great river on which so much of this book takes place…If you've been complaining that nobody writes novels as they used to, this could be your book for the spring.” –Ron Charles, The Washington Post Book World

“An exceptional novel...Gautreaux again displays fluent prose, accomplished storytelling, and strong characterizations in this paean to the indefatigability of the human spirit.” –Michele Leber, Booklist

“Haunting and transient…a refreshingly candid voice, brimming with a lyrical intensity [and] raw beauty.” –Publishers Weekly

Product Details ISBN-13: 9780307271396
Published: Vintage, 03/03/2009
Language: en

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