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Where You Can Find Me: A Novel Hardcover – April 16, 2013
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*Starred Review* Caleb Vincent, kidnapped at age 11 by a violent pedophile, is miraculously returned to his stunned family three years later. His mother, Marlene, who has been utterly consumed with looking for him, decides to flee the paparazzi staked out in front of their house and take him to Costa Rica, where her mother-in-law runs a wildlife preserve. His father is guilt-stricken because he had given his son up for dead, while Caleb’s 11-year-old sister, Lark, thinks of her brother as having been to “The Gone: Dorothy up in the tornado; Alice down the rabbit hole.” At the heart of the story is shell-shocked Caleb, who now feels like damaged goods and finds himself still drawn to the man he thought of as his father. In the exotic environment of Costa Rica, where no one knows his backstory and where his bohemian uncle forges a light and easy relationship with him, Caleb is finally able to begin to understand just what has happened. Joseph (Stray, 2007) turns the sensationalistic story of an abused boy who has seen the darkest parts of life into a transformative and often suspense-filled tale of identity and resilience. A deeply moving novel about a family determined to survive the greatest of tragedies. --Joanne Wilkinson
“Sheri Joseph (Bear Me Safely Over, Stray) takes this darker than dark scenario and transforms it into a searching, layered investigation…The strength of her novel lies in precisely this generosity and grace, a willingness to turn their strange prism of experience a hundred ways until, unexpectedly, it finally reveals a glimmer of hope.” ―The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“This is an intense read, well worth it.” ―Suspense Magazine
“Joseph writes about the disappearance of a child with grace and complexity…Where You Can Find Me doesn't explain the unexplainable, but instead opens us to a complicated world of pain and love and mystery, a world that we both know and can never know.” ―FictionWritersReview.com
“Joseph (Stray, 2007) turns the sensationalistic story of an abused boy who has seen the darkest parts of life into a transformative and often suspense-filled tale of identity and resilience. A deeply moving novel about a family determined to survive the greatest of tragedies.” ―Booklist (starred)
“A fraught subject, handled with gravitas and, improbably, grace.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“All seems to be well, but one mark of a good writer is the ability to hint at the disquiet beneath what looks like a calm surface. Like Hilda's old hotel, part of it fallen into the valley and the rest teetering on the edge of a cliff, the reader is kept in a state of almost nail-biting uncertainty when it comes to this family's recovery. In Where You Can Find Me, Joseph takes on a difficult subject and makes it work.” ―Bookpage
“With compassion and profound psychological insight, Sheri Joseph follows one family through the aftermath of every parent's worst nightmare . . . . Suspenseful, beautifully written and utterly convincing, Where You Can Find Me is hard to put down and impossible to forget.” ―Jennifer Haigh, New York Times bestselling author of Faith, Mrs. Kimble, Baker Towers and The Condition
“In Where You Can Find Me, Sheri Joseph has written an engrossing, deeply moving, and emotionally complex novel that has stayed with me every moment since I first read it, months ago. Joseph writes swift and faultless prose and miraculously real characters. This book spurs you to pay close attention to those around you and to love as fully in this life as you possibly can.” ―Lauren Groff, author of Arcadia and The Monsters of Templeton
“What a gorgeous writer! Sheri Joseph's prose is reminiscent of Michael Cunningham's, brave, compassionate, as clear and artful as blown glass. What is most shocking is not the devastation wrought on Caleb Vincent and his family but the grace with which they manage to grow into their new selves. I did not want Where You Can Find Me to end, but the climax is so gripping--and terrifying--I tore through the pages.” ―Susan Rebecca White, author of A Soft Place to Land and Bound South
“Where You Can Find Me is a tender, ticking bomb. Joseph's haunting novel of lost innocence and second chances is both terrifying and indelible, and will leave you clutching your family close.” ―Alexi Zentner, author of Touch
“Where You Can Find Me is a vivid, page-turning thriller about a terrible crime, and the way one fractured family puts itself back together in the aftermath. Beautifully told, with indelible characters, this novel is full of wisdom about the darkness of the world, and the power we have to survive it.” ―Alix Ohlin, author of The Missing Person and Babylon and Other Stories
“In the mesmerizing and disturbing Where You Can Find Me, Sheri Joseph implicates the reader in a journey to the darkest corners of the soul as she explores the aftermath of horror for a teenage boy and his family. Yet all is not dark; the complex and vibrant characters find ample opportunity for surprising beauty. What happens in the present is as gripping as the mystery of the past, and Joseph creates a delicate balance of uncertainty and hope that carries us through to the piercing final pages.” ―Scott Heim, author of Mysterious Skin and We Disappear
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So here goes.
I loved the writing, but I HATED and I say this with every fiber of my being HATED the subject matter. I respect what the author accomplished in telling this story, and her characters become deeply ingrained into your heart and soul as you read her words, but this was too intense and explicit for my personal taste. I do understand that pedophiles exist. I also understand that things we, as parents, would never wish on anyone's children can happen to our own, but this book flat out disgusted me at times. There were points in the book where I quite honestly wanted to slap the parents. I won't spoil it for others, but I will say that no matter what a psychologist told me to do or not to do, I would follow my own heart when making decisions about the life of my child.
If you have the heart to finish this book and not want to murder things, you might be the kind of person who could really enjoy this completely. For me, I enjoyed the writing style of the author and the thought she put into her characters, but still think this book was a terribly disheartening experience.
The author does show throughout the book how the family has to make adjustments in order to survive when their son, who has been changed so much returns. She does a brilliant job of making us believe in her characters individual realities. Personally, I found it to be more real than I could handle.
The end was somewhat abrupt, but for once, I was glad. Of course I would have liked a happy ending, most people do, but in this case, I was just happy to move on to something less emotionally taxing.
This review is based on an advanced review copy from the publisher.
This book does not wrap in a nice, neat, ending, but in a much more realistic way. There is no "happily ever after" here, but a sense of a struggle just beginning, as a family tries to rebuild itself, flaws and all. The depth of each of the characters makes you care about each of them, even though (much like in life), you may not like them some of the time.
Other reviews have panned "Where You Can Find Me" because of themes of pedophelia/homosexuality/drug use. While these themes are ever-present in the book, they are understated without being muted, and never explicit. I'm one of the biggest prudes I know, and I was not offended by anything, only moved close to tears for innocence lost, and what this family tries to recapture afterward.
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