Missing: A Memoir
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Missing: A Memoir

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A twenty-five-year-old recent graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program, Lindsay Harrison began writing Missing as a way to cope with a terrible loss. During her sophomore year at Brown University, Lindsay received a phone call from her brother that her mother was missing. Forty days later they discover the unthinkable: Their mother’s body had been...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Scribner
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Lynn
A sad story telling the tale of a troubled mother and the consequences of her actions on her children, most especially her daughter. Michelle Harrison is the type of mom who is overly involved in her children's lives, calling them at least twice a day and expecting them to be there with and for her every chance they get. When Lindsay and her mom have a huge argument over one act of typical adolescent rebellion, she assumes that it will all blow over. Her mother's mercurial moods have always been...more
Jessica
I liked this book, but didn't love it. It's a true story of a missing person told from the daughter's perspective. When Lindsay had a fight with her mother on New Year's Day she assumed that it would quickly blow over in a few days, but then it didn't and a few months later her mother goes missing. The book covers Lindsay and her brothers frantic search for their mother and later how their family deals with the grief when their mother's body is found. You definitely feel Lindsay's guilt and pain...more
Paul Pessolano
“Missing” by Lindsay Harrison, published by Scribner.

Category – Autobiography/Memoir

It is New Years Eve and Lindsay has just had a fight with her mother. Lindsay’s mother and father have been divorced for many years and her mother has brought Lindsay up and her two brothers. This has not been their first fight and they have been able to work through their problems, however tonight is different. Lindsay is told to pack her clothes and she is driven to her father’s house and told to live with him....more
McGuffy Morris
I was immediately drawn into this memoir, and haunted by it after I was through reading it. It is an unforgettable story.

Lindsay's mother suddenly goes missing. As Lindsay and her family track her actions, searching for her, other things are revealed as well.

The tragic events that Lindsay shares with us are intimate and difficult, yet she shares these with sensitivity and honesty.

Lindsay learns things not only about her mother, but also about herself. She begins to understand her family and the...more
Jess
I didn't realize until after I started reading this memoir that Harrison was at Brown when the story took place and grew up in Boston's north shore. Funny since I just finished The Marriage Plot, which was also set at Brown and took place partly in Cape Cod. Okay, maybe it's not that funny, but I'm a Rhode Islander living in California so I get excited about glimpses of home like this. Sue me.

Throughout the first half of the book I wanted to reach in and shake 20-year-old Lindsay even while I f...more
Kdevoli
My heart really went out to the author Lindsay, whose mother committed suicide while she was in college. They had a very enmeshed relationship, lots of guilt trips, and Lindsay's last interaction with her mother was a fight over Lindsay not wanting (at age 20!) to sit on the couch with her mother on New Years Eve and blow horns. Her mother's response to this normal developmental milestone was to pack Lindsay's belongings in trash bags and kick her out of the house. Lindsay's brothers seemed to h...more
Kristie
I felt Lindsay wrote an honest book about her own downfalls after learning that her mother was missing. Yes, at times she seemed immature but she was so young and trying to get through college when this happened. It is not a very flattering portrayal of herself but she knows that and has gotten herself (with help) beyond her grief and on to her long life ahead. She even gives credit to those whom she felt handled the situation in more positive ways, like her two brothers and father.

I have to adm...more
Jessica
An emotional page-turner, , Missing is a stunning memoir by any standard, and particularly so for a twenty-five-year-old writer (I went to school with this writer, but don't know her personally). It is incredibly rare for a memoir about grief by a young author to be this tightly controlled, particularly since relatively little time has elapsed between the tragedy itself and the publication of the book. Harrison's prose is economical and her organization is spot-on. I highly recommend this to an...more
Pamela
The writing itself was fair, the story tragic, the sadness between a mother and daughter tangible. But a strange thing happened to me while reading this book that I find a bit fascinating. Without giving away the events, as I was reading this story the day after I returned home from a trip to New England, it was apparent I had stood on the very earth where the tragedy unfolded. The very same spot in New England. The same small town, the same street, the same pier, looking out into the same cold...more
Janice
Good memoir written by a daughter whose mom goes missing. Sadly, they weren't really speaking at the time which only adds to the guilt this young lady is feeling. The book takes you through the missing period, the tragic finding of mom and all the intense feelings, emotions and experiences of this girl and her brothers and dad (mom's ex-husband). Well written, very quick read. She told her story well.
Amaya
Lindsay Harrison's story of her mother's disappearance is touching, haunting, and beautifully written. You feel as though you're on the journey with her -- the 40 day search for her mom -- and the guilt, anxiety, fear, and ultimate dread of what is to come. It's a great balance of scenes as well as narrative, and an easy read for such a tragic story. Highly recommended.
Linda Nichols
"Missing" is the story of a mother's disappearance, her family's search for her, finding her, and dealing with the aftermath. It is a story of grieving, bereavement, and healing, told by the woman's daughter. Lindsay has to deal with her own demons while trying to climb out of the crater left by her mother's apparent suicide. Definitely worth reading.
Charlotte
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Grief is such a powerful and personal emotion. Lindsay Harrison shares her grief with us in a gripping and emotional memoir. I enjoyed it as much as a person can given the circumstances. And I hope that writing this book helped Linds move one step closer to peace
Teddie
I love this book. It is well written and extremely honest. The author has been able to capture the experience of grief. The profound sorrow of losing one's mother and the shock of realizing that your mother was all too human. It reminds us all that only the passage of time will allow to live more easily with our loss.
Liz
Odd that I should find myself reading two NF books taking place in the same area (Newburyport); I like visualizing the locale as I read ... this one included yet another familiar place (Beverly Farms). In the process of looking for the "why", the author was able to grieve and heal her loss.
Angie
Great writing, horrible story. Your catharsis is my anxiety. I'd rather read something that makes me dream. Sorry for the one. I'd give a 5 for the amazing writing ability but a book is not just technique. My opinion is totally subjective.
Peggy
A young adult coming to terms with her mother'ssuicide. I esp. Liked the first half of the book. The second half moved slower...but dealing with grief is a slow process. I liked the book
Cindy
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Holly McIntyre
Simply excellent. A true account of the loss of the author's mother written with the compelling intimacy and crafted plot of a good novel.
Molly
A very sad but true story. I liked the ending and how it really portrayed her struggle and how she overcame it.
Kirsten
ugh, library staff pick, you led me astray. sad story, terrible writing.
Jess
A story about loss and moving forward. It was interesting.
Marie
OK. Pretty predictable storyline.
Frieda
Read it in one sitting.
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