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Catherine Lacey’s writing style is electrifying. She skillfully balances between stream of conscious and almost manic narrative to intimately capture the unravelling of a person. Our narrator is Elyria who has, almost on a whim, left her husband and life in New York to travel to New Zealand where she is trying to hitch her way to an artist’s farm. Elyria has lost all regard for her own well being and safety and is focused on the one task she has set herself. As we travel with her we learn of tragic events in her life and her relationship with her unnamed husband.

Elyria is lost. She wants to be lost. She wants to go missing. Missing from her husband. Missing from her life. Missing from herself. Catherine Lacey captures this sense of running in prose that is charged with so many different emotions. Her sentences are long but frantic, her dialogue short and hidden. Elyria is spinning out of control but is just hanging on and Catherine Lacey manages to infuse this into her writing.

This is a novel that grabs you by the shoulders, holds on tight and gives you a good shake. It will captivate you, it will grab you and will not let you go long after you’ve put the book down. Nobody is ever missing because you can’t go missing from yourself. Even if that is what you want to do.

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I have no words. @_catherinelacey took all the words & put them in here & now I feel less & more alone. Awe. — Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) August 15, 2014

ISBN: 9781783780877 ISBN-10: 1783780878 Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) Format: Paperback (216mm x 135mm x 17mm) Pages: 256 Imprint: Granta Books Publisher: Granta Books Publish Date: 5-Feb-2015 Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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