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The Year of Fog: A Novel (Bantam Discovery) Paperback – February 26, 2008
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“The Year of Fog is impossible to stop reading. Even as I savored Michelle Richmond's rich prose and fascinating passages on photography and the nature of memory, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. A missing child, a haunting neighborhood, a search for love...The Year of Fog has it all. Make a sandwich now: you won't stop reading for hours.”—Amanda Eyre Ward, author of How to Be Lost
“What a wonderful novel! The lush prose kept me turning pages as surely as the compelling plot did. Suspenseful, richly imagined, and ultimately hopeful, The Year of Fog is a keeper. Michelle Richmond is a talent to watch.”—Joshilyn Jackson, author of Gods in Alabama and Between, Georgia
“A child’s disappearance is at the heart of this riveting read that follows photographer, fiancée and soon-to-be-stepmother Abby Mason. Once the drama starts, prepare to race to the last page.” —Hallmark magazine (“New Book We Love)
“Involving, heartrending and immediately readable.” —San Francisco Examiner
"Captivating.” —Family Circle
“GRADE: A.” —Washington Post
“The best new novel of the summer.” —Mobile Register
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About the Author
Michelle Richmond is the author of The Year of Fog, Dream of the Blue Room, and the award-winning story collection The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Michelle lives with her husband and son in San Francisco, where she is at work on her next novel.
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The Year of Fog is the story of Abby Mason, a freelance photographer who is engaged to Jake, the single father of 6-year-old Emma. One day while Jake is out of town on business, Abby is walking with Emma along a fog-shrouded beach in San Francisco. Emma is searching for sand dollars just ahead of her, and Abby stops for a moment to take a photo of a dead baby seal. When she turns to follow Emma, the girl is gone.
At first, Abby refuses to believe Emma is gone. Finally, she phones the police, then has to call Jake and let him know she has lost his daughter.
There were some really good moments in this book. The emotions Abby and Jake went through—the grief, the doubt, the disappointment, the anger: all of it rang true.
Where the book stumbled for me, though, was in pacing and several plot points. Target televisions aren’t set to public TV stations, so the scene with her discussing the news bit about Emma’s disappearance with the employee there just didn’t ring true.
Also, her handsome client, Nick, who finds Abby on the street and drives her back to his place on his way home from the airport.... The guy tells her he is out of town 40 weeks of the year, then proceeds to make her French toast. Umm, I’m sorry. When was the last time you were home? Keep your rotten eggs and your stale-ass bread to yourself, thanks.
Then the lame reason/excuse for Emma’s disappearance, and the coincidences that led to the revelation just were not okay. I felt they really detracted from what could have been a fabulous book. The only reason I can rate this book as highly as I did is due to the emotional honesty in Abby’s (and Jake’s) experience following Emma’s disappearance. I think almost every parent who’s ever had a child slip out of sight for more than a few seconds can relate to what they feel.
3 out of 5 stars.
However, the author does have a dream-like way of telling a story and she was able to make us feel Abby's pain and hate Jake for being an ungrateful, weak, wet wimp. It was a good story with an interesting plot and I liked that it was shown from a different perspective. I do wonder if the author could have written from other points of view other than Abby's as that might also have added a little extra depth. Not a bad read at all.
like it - I sure did NOT. Annoying too often for me.... sorry but true.