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Published by Harper, June 10, 2014.
ISBN: 978-0-0623-0966-2 (HB)
Elizabeth is Missing is the sole notation made on most of the innumerable
notes that Maud Horsham constantly makes and puts in any available pocket, as a
hoped-for aid to her increasingly failing memory. Maud is in an advancing
state of dementia, and more often than not cannot remember where she is, or
with whom, even when the latter is her daughter, or her granddaughter
(sometimes mistaking the latter for the former). But she knows that her
best friend - – indeed, just about her only remaining friend, as she remembers
“The others are in homes or in graves” - - appears to be missing.
She takes any path she can conjure up to try to solve the mystery, resorting to
putting an ad in the local newspaper for any information anyone may have as to
And her friend Elizabeth is
not the only ‘disappeared’ person Maud is trying to track down. Even 70
years later (which doesn’t matter so much when one has no idea of time frames),
Maud is still trying to find her sister, Sukey, missing since the time after
the London blitz, when Maud was 15 years old and England was still trying to
recover from the war, enduring rationed food and bombed-out homes. The
narrative, such as it is, jumps back and forth in time, from looking for her
sister to searching for her friend, sometimes for both at seemingly the same
time. It is often difficult just to follow where Maud is, both for Maud
herself as well as for the reader.
This book is unlike any I
have ever read. Maud is the first-person narrator, and that narrative is
as disjointed as Maud’s mind, conveying, quite convincingly, that state of
being. I must admit to a feeling of ‘there but for the grace of G-d go .
. .’ well, I, or indeed any of us. The novel is one that literally
haunted me well after I had finished reading it, and I suspect it may do that
for many readers. Recommended.
Reviewer: Gloria Feit
Emma Healeywrote her first short story when she was four, told
her teachers she was going to be a writer when she was eight, but had learnt
better by twelve and had decided on being a litigator (inspired entirely by the
film Clueless). It took another ten years before she came back to writing. She
grew up in London where she went to art college and completed her first degree
in bookbinding. She then worked for two libraries, two bookshops, two art
galleries and two universities, and was busily pursuing a career in the art
world before writing overtook everything. She moved to Norwich in 2010 to study
for the MA in Creative Writing at UEA and never moved back again. Elizabeth is
Missing is her first novel.
Ted and Gloria Feitlive in Long Beach, NY, a few miles outside New
York City. For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized
litigation firm in lower Manhattan. Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former
stock analyst, publicist and writer/editor for, over the years, several daily,
weekly and monthly publications. Having always been avid mystery readers,
and since they're now retired, they're able to indulge that passion.
Their reviews appear online as well as in three print publications in the
UK and US. On a more personal note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted
have five children and nine grandchildren between them.