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When We Disappear

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From the acclaimed author of Girl in the Arena, the story of a hit-and-run accident on an empty road that sets loose forces to tear a young girl's family apart. With the disappearance of her father, Mona's wrenching task is to make herself whole while holding on to her little sister and her mother, her dark secret memories, and her simmering fury. ...more
Published June 5th 2018 by Unbridled Books
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
When We Disappear by Lise Haines is a highly recommended novel about a disintegrating family.

It is 2007 and Mona's family has fallen on hard times. Her father, Richard, lost his job and now has left his family (Liz, his wife, and daughters Mona, 17, and Lola, 3) in Illinois to go to New Jersey for a new job. Now Liz, a sculptor, needs to curtail her art to work to support the girls. Lola is young, but Mona is old enough to resent her father leaving without saying goodbye. But then, Mona stopped
Viviane Crystal
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mona and her father, Richard, are out driving when the unthinkable happens. They are in a car accident, which we don’t discover until well into the novel, caused by Richard and a mother and child die because Richard panics and leaves the scene. The rest of the story fleshes out the consequence of those few minutes of inaction. In one sense, they are horrific for the victims who die. In another sense they are tragic as Mona and her father live day after day with that event coloring their every th ...more
Karen K.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell into this suspenseful literary novel. Haines excavates a family: loyalties, betrayals, loves, losses. Structured in alternating chapters between Mona, 19 and her estranged father, Richard, the prose sings with exquisite, cinematic images. Mona’s passion is darkroom photography. She dwells in dark edges, cropped or blurred images, tricks of light. Mona uses photography as emotional release, and also as a way to move forward in her life. She’s a compelling, confused, and eventually empowere ...more
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LISE HAINES is the author of three novels, Girl in the Arena, Small Acts of Sex and Electricity (a Book Sense Pick in 2006 and one of ten “Best Book Picks for 2006” by the NPR station in San Diego), and In My Sister’s Country,, a finalist for the 2003 Paterson Fiction Prize. Her short stories and essays have appeared in a number of literary journals and she was a finalist for the PEN Nelson Algren ...more

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