Monday, March 1, 2010

Michelle Richmond; The Year of Fog

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Discovery (February 26, 2008)


Life changes in an instant. On a foggy beach. In the seconds when Abby Mason—photographer, fiancée soon-to-be-stepmother—looks into her camera and commits her greatest error. Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautifully told, here is the riveting tale of a family torn apart, of the search for the truth behind a child’s disappearance, and of one woman’s unwavering faith in the redemptive power of love—all made startlingly fresh through Michelle Richmond’s incandescent sensitivity and extraordinary insight.

Six-year-old Emma vanished into the thick San Francisco fog. Or into the heaving Pacific. Or somewhere just beyond: to a parking lot, a stranger’s van, or a road with traffic flashing by. Devastated by guilt, haunted by her fears about becoming a stepmother, Abby refuses to believe that Emma is dead. And so she searches for clues about what happened that morning—and cannot stop the flood of memories reaching from her own childhood to illuminate that irreversible moment on the beach.

Now, as the days drag into weeks, as the police lose interest and fliers fade on telephone poles, Emma’s father finds solace in religion and scientific probability—but Abby can only wander the beaches and city streets, attempting to recover the past and the little girl she lost. With her life at a crossroads, she will leave San Francisco for a country thousands of miles away. And there, by the side of another sea, on a journey that has led her to another man and into a strange subculture of wanderers and surfers, Abby will make the most astounding discovery of all—as the truth of Emma’s disappearance unravelswith stunning force.

A profoundly original novel of family, loss, and hope—of the choices we make and the choices made for us—The Year of Fog beguiles with the mysteries of time and memory even as it lays bare the deep and wondrous workings of the human heart. The result is a mesmerizing tour de force that will touch anyone who knows what it means to love a child.

My Review

  Growing up your mother always tells you don't wander, stay away from stranger.  Now that I am a mother I can see and feel why my mother acted the way she did.  This is EVERY mothers worst nightmare x10.  Emma soon to be step daughter of  Abby goes missing one morning while walking the foggy beach.

    This book really takes you on an emotional journey. I really felt for Emma and Abby. Her life flipped upside down. Life at home having to deal with the emotions of her other half and his loss and who can blame him for being distraught. The relation becomes strained. The turmoil of losing Emma really starts to wear on Abby. I can't say enough how wonderful Abby's character is really shines through it all.   Abby is a true hero never giving up. The ending was a shocking surprise. I would read this again. One great story. 

Michelle Richmond has written more books which you can check out HERE!


Lily Child said...

Wow. Amazing review. I will definitely put this on the tbr list! :)

Kimberly Franklin said...

Great review!

StephTheBookworm said...

This is one of my favorite books ever. I'm so glad you liked it!

Juju at Tales of said...

Sounds sad and powerful.

Karen said...

Oh, goodness. This looks like one that will rip my heart out.

Sarah said...

This novel sounds really deep and emotional. I would love to read it! Adding to my pile now :)

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