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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
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Some short stories of various lengths and some simple vignettes. I enjoyed them all.Published 4 months ago by Sterling Allen
Anyone who loves short stories that reveal a truth about a piece of themselves will love this collection - achingly poignant, clear, honest craftsmanship, here.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 11 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 14 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 20 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 on October 22, 2013 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 on October 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Very good condition, no writing in book, good read front cover worn very little, great author and stories are goodPublished on August 26, 2013 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