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You can run all the way to New Zealand, but eventually you’ll catch up with yourself.

Without telling her family, Elyria takes a one-way flight to New Zealand, abruptly leaving her stable but unfulfilling life in Manhattan. As her husband scrambles to figure out what happened to her, Elyria hurtles into the unknown, testing fate by hitchhiking, tacitly being swept into the lives of strangers, and sleeping in fields, forests, and public parks.

Her risky and often surreal encounters with the people and wildlife of New Zealand propel Elyria deeper into her deteriorating mind. Haunted by her sister’s death and consumed by an inner violence, her growing rage remains so expertly concealed that those who meet her sense nothing unwell. This discord between her inner and outer reality leads her to another obsession: If her truest self is invisible and unknowable to others, is she even alive?

The risks Elyria takes on her journey are paralleled by the risks Catherine Lacey takes on the page. In urgent, spiraling prose she whittles away at the rage within Elyria and exposes the very real, very knowable anxiety of the human condition. And yet somehow Lacey manages to poke fun at her unrelenting self-consciousness, her high-stakes search for the dark heart of the self.

In the spirit of Haruki Murakami and Amelia Gray, Nobody Is Ever Missing is full of mordant humor and uncanny insights, as Elyria waffles between obsession and numbness in the face of love, loss, danger, and self-knowledge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A serious, frequently brilliant novel with a sustained intensity that is rare in fiction.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “[A] searching, emotionally resonant first novel…dreamy and fierce at the same time…[that] impressed me and held me to my chair…It’s an aching portrait of a young woman doing the hard thing, ‘trying to think clearly about mixed feelings.’”

    New York Times

  • Nobody Is Ever Missing…satisfies all my inchoate readerly impulses—including the primary one of getting out of my own skin and into someone else’s…Lacey is a very gifted writer and thinker.”

    New Yorker

  • “As Elyria increasingly feels that she is ‘a human non sequitur’ and perhaps ‘a form of radiation,’ Lacey brilliantly captures her decline through long, winding sentences. Her descent is as harrowing as it is magnetic.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Lacey’s debut novel has emotional power, depth, and subtle humor.”

    Publishers Weekly

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