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A story of the trauma that replaces the happily-ever-after that we all unrealistically cling to
on January 1, 2014
I think most of us can identify with the raw, desperation of powerlessness; the experience of being struck bare; our frail impotence exposing our inability to take action. The abject humility of it. Like an tattered cotton pillowcase faded on the line, its worn fabric bleached by the sun and made transparent; a fade so gradual we are taken unaware when we see that its face, once splashed with color, has vanished into holes. Where once there was something, now, nothing.
In reading And Then She Was Gone by Rosalind Noonan, I expected to identify on some level with Dan and Rachel O'Neil, the parents of ten year old Lauren, who was abducted walking home from school one afternoon just before her birthday. The pain and confusion of losing a child must be unimaginable; the desperate search for answers that no one can give a torment beyond understanding. I get that. What took me by surprise int his thoughtful, well-written novel, is the heartbreak that follows when your lost lamb is returned home, reminding me that in life, there is no flag waving in the distance to signal us when an event has concluded, but in its stead, a processes, overlapping other experiences. without a measurable end.
Written in a style reminiscent of Jodi Picoult, And Then She Was Gone broaches a topic that most of would rather close our eyes to; the personal experience of child abduction, and worse, the trauma that replaces the happily-ever-after that we all unrealistically cling to.
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