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Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan
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May 08, 2011

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bookshelves: american, bereavement, fiction-family-drama
Read on May 08, 2011

I think I bought this book a couple of years ago at a Barnes and Noble sales table. Whatever I was expecting from this book, and I've forgotten what that might have been, was not what I got.
This book is so slow-moving and depressing that I felt like I was underwater the whole time I was reading it, and not in a good way like the fun of swimming. No, in this case it was more a matter of being immersed in a sea of sorrow.
Also, this story is written in what feels like a very realistic manner. Too realistic. It just comes down to sad, sad, sad. I really am wondering, why did I read this?
Eighteen year old Kim Larson disappears one summer day. The story is about her family; their reactions, their search, their loss and how they deal with it.
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