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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (509 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Braunstein Narrator: Xe Sands Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In New York City, a girl called Leonora vanishes without a trace. Years earlier and miles upstate, Goldie, a wild, negligent mother, searches for a man to help raise her precocious son, Paul, who later discovers that the only way to save his soul is to run away. As the narrative moves back and forth in time, we find deeper interconnections between these stories and growing clues about Leonora - this missing girl whose face looks out from telephone poles and billboards - whom one character will give anything to save.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Through random encounters and elliptical dialogue, Braunstein locates the pain in these people’s lives and makes it shimmer.”


  • “Braunstein paints gorgeous portraits of a wide variety of characters, all fully realized.”

    Library Journal

  • Finalist for the 2011 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Julie Aschenbrenner | 2/18/2014

    " Started reading, couldn't get into it and then found myself skimming...decided it wasn't worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laurel | 1/22/2014

    " I thought this was really good for a first time novelist. She doesn't shy away from the less than pretty stuff people go through and there are some beautifully worded passages. Another author to watch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elisabeth | 1/21/2014

    " This book was completely not what I was expecting. It is a novel of loss and retrospect. Longing and hope for reinvention. The missing children seem to be the adults who lost out on their own childhoods. Sorry if this spoils things. I'm still working my way through my thought process on this one. I say I really liked it because I think I will after I think about it more. Far more complex than I expected. A very good book for discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Robin Derosa | 1/11/2014

    " The form was really innovative in a subtle way. I would call this "well-crafted." An engrossing story-- or set of stories, really-- but also just a good read for writers who are interested in how novels go together. "

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About the Author
Author Sarah Braunstein

Sarah Braunstein is the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award and was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.” She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Portland, Maine.