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McPartlin (Pack up the Moon) builds a thin novel around a missing person and the music she adored. After 36-year-old Alexandra Kavanagh disappears while running an errand in Dublin, her bereft husband, Tom, begins a small but determined effort to find her until a chance encounter with Jane Moore, Alexandra's childhood friend, helps Tom to galvanize his search efforts. With assistance from Jane's artist sister, Elle, and Web designer Leslie, Tom and Jane mount a national campaign, but as the search turns up dead end after dead end, the quartet finds that life continues apace: Jane and Elle resolve traumas and grievances, Leslie reaches out to new friends, and Tom learns to let go of his grief. Although McPartlin's sense of humor helps these unlikely bonds of friendship to come to life, the plot is light on the suspense and pathos one might expect from a missing-person story, and since Alexandra is often conveyed in such a roundabout way—often by use of her favorite song lyrics—her disappearance, while central, is at odds with her incidental presence. (Apr.)
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When Tom’s lovely wife Alexandra disappears on the way to a concert, Tom is frantic and papers the city with fliers. At another rock show, Tom, carrying his box of fliers, finds himself stuck in an elevator with Jane, Alexandra’s old friend, during a power outage. Jane and Alexandra drifted apart when Jane got pregnant at 18, and now, horrified that Alexandra is missing, she’s determined to help in the search. So Jane promptly enlists the aid of the other folks trapped in the elevator: her moody artist sister, Elle, and a reclusive Web designer named Leslie. Together they work to find Alexandra, posting fliers, setting up Web sites, and following leads, but they and their families discover that while they’ve been trying to find Alexandra, their own lives have careened ahead in strange new directions without her. McPartlin’s fourth novel is a brutally candid mirror reflecting the puzzling way sorrow and happiness coexist. --Hilary Hatton
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439123330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439123331
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,894,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a fast read and I enjoyed it very much.
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Even though I didn't really have a personal connection with the rest of the characters I still liked every one of them.
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Despite the tragedies that occur, the book celebrates life and friendship.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Kelly on April 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Alexandra,Gone written by Anna McPartlin w takes place in a Dublin suburb and is about how two families cope with the disappearance of Alexandra who one day just disappears. Of course her husband Tom is the automatic suspect but as the story progress's you realize that this is not the case. This contemporary story jumps from character to character which makes the story flow together. The story is sad and at the same time humorous. The main character Jane (who was a childhood friend of Alexandra's) trys to be the rock in her family, raising her son without the father and running a gallery and managing her sister Elle's career. She also has to deal with their always drunk and cantankerous mother Rose who lives in a basement apartment in her home. When an elevator breaks down she finds herself with Alexandra's husband Tom and ends up helping, along with Leslie (a fellow passenger in the elevator who has demons of her own) in the campaign to find what happened to Alexandra.
Tom has done whatever was needed to try to help find his wife to no avail. His in-laws have had a tough time with their daughters disappearance but go on with their daily lives the best they can.
This is a story of love and loss,new friendships and old, and how family dynamics can affect each member of that family. Underneath this often downright funny novel is the dark shadow of what really happened to Alexandra, (this would be a spoiler so I won't say).
This was a fast read and I enjoyed it very much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gaby at Starting Fresh blog VINE VOICE on April 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
I loved Alexandra, Gone. Reading the blurb, I had expected the book to be dark and with a greater focus on forensics because of Alexandra's disappearance. Instead, I entered this world of Jane, her sister Elle, their friend Leslie, their new friend Tom, and the rest of Jane's off-kilter family. Getting to know these people, what and who they love, their vulnerabilities and hopes, and their stories and strengths was full of laughs and surprises.

In Jane, Elle, and Leslie of Alexandra, Gone, Anna McPartlin created such warm, witty, and fleshed out characters that the book reminded me of close friends that I miss. Despite the tragedies that occur, the book celebrates life and friendship. I highly recommend Alexandra, Gone to someone looking for a witty, unusual, and upbeat read.

ISBN-10: 1439123330 - Paperback
Publisher: Downtown Press; Original edition (April 13, 2010), 368 pages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Rogers VINE VOICE on April 13, 2010
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Alexandra, Gone is sadly beautiful. It is the story of four people who get trapped in an elevator and end up coming together because of the missing Alex. Jane had lost all contact with Alex after Alex went away to college while Jane stayed home to raise her son. So it was quite the shock to see her old friend's face on the missing poster. (This is a truly great scene. Jane has a panic attack on the stopped elevator so Tom tries to make a poster resemble a paper bag for Jane to breathe into.) From there Tom, Jane, and the other two (Jane's sister Elle and a woman who offers her website services) form bonds as they search for Alex. But there's more than just the search for Alex as each of the three women have their own issues and Tom struggles through life without his wife. By the end I had shed a few tears for these deeply moving characters. I am particularly haunted by an early childhood memory of Elle's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
In Dublin, thirty something Alexandra Kavanagh disappears. Her husband Tom is stunned with his loss as she had no reason to vanish in his opinion, but if something bad happened to her he does not know and cannot seek closure.

Tom runs to into Alexandra's best friend when she was growing up, Jane Moore on a stick elevator. Jane muses to the time when the pair drifted apart in their teens when she became pregnant. Now seventeen years since giving birth, she is a single mom, running an art gallery, her volatile mom, and managing her sister Elle's painting career. Tom is taken aback by her energy as Jane urges him to search for his wife. Jane, and the other stickees (Elle and reclusive web designer Leslie Sheehan) join Tom on an Ireland-wide quest, but nothing new surfaces re Alexandra, Gone. However, the group finds separate solace as the sisters resolve their traumatic pasts, Leslie comes out of her hermit existence to make friends and Tom moves forward with his grief.

This is an interesting character study of four people seeking the missing connection that binds them. Each member of the quartet comes across unique with issues, but the bonding of friendship enables all of them to move on. Ironically the prime link Alexandra never is fully developed as insight into her is inductive through for instance songs she enjoyed. Thus the entertaining story line lacks any tension re Alexandra, Gone, but instead the humor and tautness come from the foursome's personal problems.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Howell on April 17, 2010
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This book was a little hard for me to get into. There was something about the writing that made me have to struggle with it at first, and then once I did, it was easier to read.

This was a deep book--it's definitely not something you'd want to read if you were looking for a happy, uplifting or fluffy book. But it was definitely interesting. A lot of issues were brought up--teenage pregnancy, missing people, suicide, cancer, mental illness.

The way the characters were all integrated took a little while to figure out, but then it was neat to read about how their lives intertwined.

I would recommend this book if you're looking for a thought-provoking story.
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