Sam Simoneaux’s troopship docked in France just as World War I came to an end. Still, what he saw of the devastation there sent him back to New Or ...more
Returning to the U.S., Sam attempts to make a life for himself and his young wife by working as a floorwalker at a la ...more
The writing here just incredible. This is the story of a WW1 vet home from the war who is fired from his department store security job after a young girl is abducted on his watch. He goes on to look for her via his new job working on a steamboat and the story chronicles his journey.
The stuff ...more
The book is very much about family and the connections between famil ...more
Several weeks ago, I went blog surfing and ended up on a marvelous site called "Dew on the Kudzu" where the blogmaster was celebrating the discovery of a wonderful novel entitled "The Missing" by Tim Gautreaux. I read one paragraph of the review and knew I wanted to read this novel and immediately ordered it for my Kindle. Well, kind hearts, you must read this book! I not only read it....I reread it! Please read it and come back to this blog and talk abo ...more
Reviewers appreciated not just the prose and the characters of The Missing but also how different it was from most contemporary novels. While much fiction today revels in ambiguity and irony, Gautreaux's story has an overall moral theme about justice and revenge. That's not to say it's a sermon, however: several critics compared the book to an adventure novel. They also appreciated the book's unusual pacing that "carries us along as it branches and swells, as if inspired by the great river on wh...more
The story takes place during and after WWI. Young married man out of the war is working as security in a department store when a little girl is abducted on his watch. He feels guilty and takes a job on a party boat on the Mississippi and on the side looks for the girl. He also has some past ...more
Good story & a strong sense of place ...more
À peine descendu de leur rafiot, c'est des scènes de liesse partout : la guerre est finie. On pourrait penser se la couler douce, mais non, faut déminer les champs remplis de grenades, bombes, obus...
Dès le début, en quelques pages (40), l'auteur, de sa plume sans concession, nous démontre toute l'absu ...more
The novel weaves several stories into the main story - Sam feels guilty for losing the child and after he loses his job because of it, he signs on to work the ferry boat with the girl's parents and ...more
Again this goes horribly wrong when a little girl disappears in the store, and Sam handles things badly, leading to the sack. He decides to ...more
His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, Atlantic, Harper's, and GQ. His novel The Next Step in the Dance won the 1999 SEBA Book Award. His novel The Clearing won the ...more