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Boy Still Missing

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Boy Still Missing

The widely acclaimed debut novel from John Searles is a brilliant coming-of-age novel about 15 year-old Dominick Pindle, whose troubled journey is shaped by, and influences, the social and political struggles of the early 1970s.

It is June 1971 and Dominick Pindle, a tenderhearted but aimless Massachusetts teenager, spends his nights driving around with his mother and dragging his wayward father out of bars. Late one evening Dominick's search puts him face-to-face with his father's seductive mistress, Edie Kramer. Instantly bewitched, he begins a forbidden relationship with this beautiful, mysterious woman. Before long, though, their erotic entanglement leads to a shocking death, and Dominick discovers that the mother he betrayed had secrets as dark and destructive as his own.

Charged with the exhilarating narrative pace of a thriller and set during a complicated and explosive era, Boy Still Missing renders a deeply affecting portrait of a boy caught in an intimate and taut family drama that brings the explosive issues of a complicated era -- class upheaval, abortion rights and the dissolution of the American family -- into razor-sharp focus.

Boy Still Missing
by John Searles

  • Publication Date: March 1, 2002
  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • ISBN-10: 006000780X
  • ISBN-13: 9780060007805