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Missing: A Memoir

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  190 ratings  ·  33 reviews
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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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

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
Since this is a memoir, I will try to be honest in my judgments, yet spare the snark for the most part. After all, it's about a real-life family living through a real-life drama; one to which thankfully I can't relate.

Missing is one young woman's story about the 40 days her mom was missing, and the aftermath of finding her body. But it is more than that. It's the story of one dysfunctional family, a messed-up mother / daughter relationship, and of growing up and recovering from an unspeakable tr
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
This is a memoir of a girl trying to come to grips when her mother goes missing. It is an honest and open story about the many feelings we go through when tragedy hits.
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
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
Jennifer Margulis
Before her body is discovered, Lindsay Harrison's mother is missing for 40 days. Lindsay Harrison is a student at Brown University; she has two older brothers and an estranged but loving father who has remarried a younger woman and had another child, Lindsay's half sister. Lindsay and her mother had a bad fight on her birthday, which was also New Year's Eve, and Lindsay has been having dizzy spells ever since. Then her mother, a reliable, punctual, organized person who always sticks to her routi ...more
Sad, not well written.
I had heard the author speak about writing this book before I read it, and it sounded gut-wrenching. And it was, but sometimes the story was told in a way that seemed purposefully misleading. Like, it felt like a lie to only figure out more than halfway through that her mom seemed to have a legitimate mental illness. Perhaps Harrison is channeling a bit of the unreliable narrator.

Overall, honestly docked off two stars because everyone was just so unlikeable (plus the prose isn't really anything
Donia Hunter
Missing is a very sad story written about the discovery of a mother's suicide. The memoir is told by her daughter. The psychologically troubled daughter is open about her own drug use, drinking and personal issues. I have deep compassion for this young woman. Having said that, I found this book to be poorly written and juvenile in its approach. I simply could not connect with this family and it's tragedy. Written in better form, it could have been a gripping tale of a family ripped apart by trau ...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.
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
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
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
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Libby Sellers
To tell the truth I skimmed through the last half of the book. it's a very sad story.
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.
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
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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.
A very sad but true story. I liked the ending and how it really portrayed her struggle and how she overcame it.
ugh, library staff pick, you led me astray. sad story, terrible writing.
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