Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

By Emma Healey

During this darkly riveting debut novel—a subtle mental secret that also is an heartbreakingly sincere meditation on reminiscence, identification, and aging—an aged lady descending into dementia embarks on a determined quest to discover the easiest pal she believes has disappeared, and her look for the reality will return a long time and feature shattering consequences.

Maud, an getting older grandmother, is slowly wasting her memory—and her grip on lifestyle. but she refuses to put out of your mind her ally Elizabeth, whom she is confident is lacking and in bad danger.

But not anyone will take heed to Maud—not her annoyed daughter, Helen, now not her caretakers, no longer the police, and particularly now not Elizabeth’s mercurial son, Peter. Armed with handwritten notes she leaves for herself and an overpowering feeling that Elizabeth wishes her support, Maud resolves to find the reality and store her loved friend.

This singular obsession kinds a cornerstone of Maud’s swiftly dissolving current. however the clues she discovers appear simply to steer her deeper into her earlier, to a different unsolved disappearance: her sister, Sukey, who vanished presently after global conflict II.

As shiny thoughts of a tragedy that happened extra fifty years in the past come flooding again, Maud discovers new momentum in her look for her good friend. may the secret of Sukey’s disappearance carry the major to discovering Elizabeth?

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Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Harper; 1ST variation (June 10, 2014)
Language: English

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That's the best we can do. P E A S A NT W O M A N : What'll the priest do with him? He needs a mother. There, he's waking up. Don't you think we could keep him, though? P E A S A NT {shouting}: No! P E A S ANT W O M A N : The Caucasian Chalk Circle I 35 I could lay him in the corner by the arm­ chair. All I need is a crib. I can take him into the fields with me. See him laughing? Husband, we have a roof over our heads. We can do it. Not another word out of you! P E A S A N T WO M A N : She carries the C H I L D into the house.

T H E S I N G E R: A very old one. It's called The Chalk Circle and comes from the Chinese. But we'll do it, of course, in a changed version. Comrades, we hope you'll find that old po­ etry can sound well in the shadow of new tractors. It may be a mistake to mix different wines but old and new wisdom mix admirably. Do we get something to eat before the per­ formance? V O I C E S : Of course. Everyone into the Club House! D E L E G AT E : While everyone begins to move, D E L E G AT E turns to G I RL T RA C T O R I S T .

All one hears is: "You neglect yo ur duty! } Go to hell! } S E C O ND D O C T O R : Enter the soldier, for G R U S H A . SIM ON S H A S H AVA . He searches in the crowd Grusha! There you are at last! What are you going to do? Nothing. If worst comes to worst, I 've a brother in the mountains. How about you? s 1 M oN: Forget about me. (Formally again:) Grusha Vashnadze, your wish to know my plans fills me with satisfaction. I 've been ordered to accompany Madam Abashwili as her guard. G R U S H A : But hasn't the Palace Guard mutinied?

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