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Southern Berkshire, Great Barrington, MA., New Rochelle Public Library, New
Rochelle, NY and Jefferson Market Library,
New York City, Evanston Public Library, Evanston, IL, and Emanuel Congregation, Chicago, IL
Congregation Beth Sholom, San Francisco (Nov. 12), San Mateo, CA Public Libary
(Nov. 14), Congregation Sinai, San Jose, CA (Nov. 15), Saratoga, CA Public
Library (Nov. 16) and Peninsula JCC, Foster City, CA (Nov. 17)
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When Joshua and Nathalie Sandler's only child,
14-year-old Daniel, disappears one flawless summer day in a tiny
hamlet in western Massachusetts, their world changes in an instant.
Over the next year, Joshua neglects everything else to search for
their son while Nathalie, a beautiful and gifted cellist, withdraws
into herself, unable to play even a note of music.
The Disappearance immerses us in the Sandlers' world, deftly
portraying the various townspeople who might be involved in this
mystery, among them a mean-spirited local town leader, half a dozen
troubled teenagers, and a dark-haired, passionate young woman who is
drawn to Joshua and his plight.
People Magazine gives
The Disappearance 3 1/2 stars in a review in its Feb. 9
issue. It writes: "One idyllic summer day, Joshua and Nathalie
Sandler return from
an errand in their Massachusetts hamlet to find their home empty:
Daniel, almost 14, has vanished. As anxious hours become
hellish days and weeks,
Nathalie, a cellist, withdraws while Joshua obsessed over suspects.
the pages but it's Sigel's insights into the manifestations of grief
this above most kids-gone-missing tales."
Bible of the bookselling industry, hails The Disappearance as
“powerful…elegantly crafted…subtle and probing.” (review, December
Booklist (American Library Assn.) calls it "gripping,
emotional and tender...a
story about real
people in real
situations, written in lean and efficient prose in
which every word
has a precise function and there are no wasted or unnecessary
The novel has a deep emotional core that
with any reader."
(review, Jan. 1, 2009)
The Indie Next program from
the American Booksellers Assn. has named
The Disappearance a Notable Selection for independent
The Disappearance is now available as an audiobook from
barnesandnoble.com and booksellers.
With lyrical prose and suspense that builds inexorably toward a
resolution, The Disappearance portrays the anguish of parents
as they struggle to continue their lives, to discover what happened to
their son and to learn, finally, whether a marriage that has come
apart piece by piece can ever be made whole again.
The disappearance of a beloved child is every parent's
nightmare, but in The Disappearance Efrem Sigel has written a
book not about tragedy but about love and redemption, or in the words
of Nathalie Sandler, one of the book's
two main characters, about
enlarged, about humans engaged in the heroic, death-defying acts of
Readers Say About The Disappearance
"A wonderful novel—profoundly imagined, beautifully written, filled
with people we recognize and care about, suffused with the sadness of
everyday life, streaked with moments of compassion and even joy. A
--Max Byrd, author of Shooting the Sun and other
“Powerful and elegantly crafted…A subtle and probing look at the
a tragedy.”—Publisher’s Weekly
novel isn’t so much about the search for a missing boy as it is
about the effects of the disappearance on the boy’s parents: Joshua,
his father, who spends nearly every waking hour looking for his son,
and Nathalie, his mother, who
withdraws ever deeper within herself. The story takes place over the
about a year (with occasional flashbacks to the pre-disappearance
family), and it is
gripping, emotional and tender...the
kind of novel that Avery Corman does so well: a story about real
people in real
situations, written in lean and efficient prose in which every word
has a precise
function and there are no wasted or unnecessary words. Sigel
is clearly a
talented storyteller and the novel has a deep emotional core that
with any reader."--Booklist
Disappearance, Efrem Sigel has created an old-fashioned novel--in
the best sense: fully invested in character and story, and written
with the ease and authority that were the hallmark of fiction when the
novel was at the forefront of our culture.
--Scott Spencer, author of Endless Love, Waking the Dead
and A Ship Made of Paper.
"Efrem Sigel does much more than chronicle a father's
frantic search for his teenage son. With sensitivity and grace, he
charts the range of emotions that this crisis triggers, revealing the
inner workings of the hearts of the parents and the darker side of
life in their seemingly idyllic summer home in Western Massachusetts.
highly-charged drama, filled with both nightmares and dreams."
—Andrew Nagorski, author of The Greatest Battle,
LA Times Book Prize finalist
"Compelling. Efrem Sigel confronts a
parent's darkest fear—the mysterious disappearance of a beloved
child. Tautly told, permeated with suspense, The Disappearance
captures the cadence of life in a small town riven by social divide
and exposes both the frailties and strengths of a complex marriage."
—Gloria Goldreich, author of the acclaimed Leah's Journey and
14 other novels.
"From the first paragraph of lush, gorgeous prose, in which Sigel
running toward the light in The Hollow, I knew this would be a
uplifting book. The title is a bit misleading, as the mystery
disappearance of 14-year-old Dan Sandler plays second fiddle to its
in the lives of his parents, Joshua and Nathalie. Flawless
pacing made The
difficult to put down. I'm normally resigned to reading
in fits and starts, but I
desperately wanted to shut myself in my room and read
book in one go. The
struggle of parents following a child's death or
disappearance is a story that's been told a thousand times, but
Sigel's portrayal is
fresh and realistic, and Nathalie and Josh are shown so clearly that
agony is almost unbearable.
small town is drawn beautifully. The police chief,
Sammons, is not the usual
bumbling hick portrayed in small-town law enforcement. He is
determined, and most importantly, he cares deeply and never gives up
answers for the Sandlers. Information about the townspeople is
dribbled out in a
realistic, non-intrusive fashion. Coupled with Sigel's gift for
description, this makes for
a richly nuanced image of The Hollow and its inhabitants. In The
Efrem Sigel has crafted a haunting, beautiful novel of tragedy's
deeply human characters and a satisfying resolution."
—Allison Campbell, review in www.LibraryThing.com