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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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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 5 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 10 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 10 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 12 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 16 months ago 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
I started reading Chaon's work with You Remind Me of Me, which was a great introduction to his work. Read morePublished on November 5, 2009 by Brad Teare
This National Book Award finalist is a short story collection by an author I was not familiar with. As usual, my friend Tom, known for helping me meet quality authors, brought him... Read morePublished on February 12, 2007 by Scott William Foley