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That's about as much as you'll ever get out of one of Chaon's mothers: soup. When not fielding their aging parents' passivity, these characters seem to spend a lot of time grappling with ghosts. The "missing" of the title story are, literally, gone. In "Safety Man," a widow comes to rely on one of those inflatable dolls meant to intimidate intruders. In "Prosthesis," a young wife and mother falls for a stranger with a missing arm; meanwhile, she watches her son grow up and away from her, "disappearing into his own thoughts and feelings." In the end, Chaon is the rare writer who deserves comparison to Carver: both write an affectless prose that takes on a surprisingly emotional life of its own. --Claire Dederer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Dan Chaon is a little on the dark side but he writes with touching honesty and his characters are familiar. I want to read all of the stories he has written.Published 5 months ago by lisa buffalo
I had written a review about the book, "A girl Named Zippy" but for some reason it posted here. Anyway, "Among the Missing" is a set of stories that can captivate and entertain... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Skimouu
I really enjoyed all of the stories. They are all tense and interesting in different ways, and they mix a psychological aspect with an uncomplicated, easily accessible style. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nikolai Estrella
Among the Missing is a collection of twelve simple tales about everyday people, most of whom are somehow broken on the inside. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gabriel Boutros
Each story hits on a different emotion. There were moments I had to stop and wait to finish the story. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good condition, no writing in book, good read front cover worn very little, great author and stories are goodPublished 21 months ago by Pen Name
these may be just short stories but i have to say they persist in your awareness to a scale that belies their length. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by mariochampion
This is a solid collection of stories from a master of the short story form. The title story, "Among the Missing," is arguably the strongest of this solid group, about a strange... Read morePublished on April 17, 2012 by Vance
These stories about sad people are very readable, sometimes engrossing. The only one that really resonates with me, however, is the first, about the young widow and the inflatable... Read morePublished on October 12, 2011 by algo41