The Sweet Relief of Missing Children: A Novel

2.92 avg rating
( 730 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780393076592: The Sweet Relief of Missing Children: A Novel

"A magnificent debut filled with characters so vivid, strange, and richly imagined, you emerge feeling changed."--Sarah Shun-lien Bynum


In New York City, a girl called Leonora vanishes without a trace. Years earlier and miles upstate, Goldie, a wild, negligent mother, searches for a man to help raise her precocious son, Paul, who later discovers that the only way to save his soul is to run away. As the narrative moves back and forth in time, we find deeper interconnections between these stories and growing clues about Leonora--this missing girl whose face looks out from telephone poles and billboards--whom one character will give anything to save.

The Sweet Relief of Missing Children is a suspenseful novel about the power of running and the desire for reinvention. It explores the terror and transcendence of our most central experiences: childhood, parenthood, sex, love.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Sarah Braunstein is the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Writers' Award and was named one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35." She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in Portland, Maine.

From Booklist:

Braunstein won the 2007 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and was named as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35,” which recognizes five young fiction writers chosen by National Book Award winners and finalists. Her debut novel is an unsettling read that is also strangely compelling, though the author reserves all of her compassion for her characters, sparing none for her readers. It follows the meandering, intertwining stories of three young people who go missing. Twelve-year-old Leonora is snatched from a street corner and finds that her upbringing, which has taught her to be sweet and polite, works against her. Sixteen-year-old Paul runs away from his negligent mother and abusive stepfather only to end up drifting for years on end. Teenager Judith, looking for excitement, lands in a seedy hotel room covered in cigarette burns and sadly disabused of her adventurous spirit; even when Judith placidly settles into marriage and parenthood, her “dull, bright, busy” life has its own kind of horror. Through random encounters and elliptical dialogue, Braunstein locates the pain in these people’s lives and makes it shimmer. --Joanne Wilkinson

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Braunstein, Sarah
ISBN 10: 0393076598 ISBN 13: 9780393076592
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 4
Seller:
Big River Books
(Powder Springs, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New! We ship daily Monday - Friday!. Bookseller Inventory # 1EY7SO002FUS

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 3.90
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.49
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Sarah Braunstein
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (2011)
ISBN 10: 0393076598 ISBN 13: 9780393076592
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0393076598

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.89
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Sarah Braunstein
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (2011)
ISBN 10: 0393076598 ISBN 13: 9780393076592
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0393076598

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 24.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Sarah Braunstein
Published by WW Norton Co, United States (2011)
ISBN 10: 0393076598 ISBN 13: 9780393076592
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Co, United States, 2011. Hardback. Book Condition: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book. In New York City, a girl called Leonora vanishes without a trace. Years earlier and miles upstate, Goldie, a wild, negligent mother, searches for a man to help raise her precocious son, Paul, who later discovers that the only way to save his soul is to run away. As the narrative moves back and forth in time, we find deeper interconnections between these stories and growing clues about Leonora-this missing girl whose face looks out from telephone poles and billboards-whom one character will give anything to save. The Sweet Relief of Missing Children is a suspenseful novel about the power of running and the desire for reinvention. It explores the terror and transcendence of our most central experiences: childhood, parenthood, sex, love. Bookseller Inventory # FLT9780393076592

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 25.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Sarah Braunstein
Published by WW Norton Co, United States (2011)
ISBN 10: 0393076598 ISBN 13: 9780393076592
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Co, United States, 2011. Hardback. Book Condition: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book. In New York City, a girl called Leonora vanishes without a trace. Years earlier and miles upstate, Goldie, a wild, negligent mother, searches for a man to help raise her precocious son, Paul, who later discovers that the only way to save his soul is to run away. As the narrative moves back and forth in time, we find deeper interconnections between these stories and growing clues about Leonora-this missing girl whose face looks out from telephone poles and billboards-whom one character will give anything to save. The Sweet Relief of Missing Children is a suspenseful novel about the power of running and the desire for reinvention. It explores the terror and transcendence of our most central experiences: childhood, parenthood, sex, love. Bookseller Inventory # FLT9780393076592

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 25.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Braunstein, Sarah
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (2011)
ISBN 10: 0393076598 ISBN 13: 9780393076592
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110393076598

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 30.17
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Braunstein, Sarah
Published by Norton, NY (2011)
ISBN 10: 0393076598 ISBN 13: 9780393076592
New Hardcover First Edition Signed Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Crowfly Books
(South Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Norton, NY, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. This is a New and unread copy of the first edition (1st printing) and is Signed by the author on the title page. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 035343

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 38.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.75
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Braunstein, Sarah
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393076598 ISBN 13: 9780393076592
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 4
Seller:
Diafan Media
(Geneva, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0393076598 New Condition *** Right Off the Shelf | Ships within 2 Business Days ~~~ Customer Service Is Our Top Priority! - Thank you for LOOKING :-). Bookseller Inventory # 2BOOK2P91120

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 37.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds