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Author: Michelle Richmond Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781483056531
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“Here is the truth, this is what I know: I was walking on the beach with Emma. It was cold and very foggy. She let go of my hand. I stopped to photograph a baby seal, then glanced up toward the Great Highway. When I looked back, she was gone.”

Life changes in an instant. Like on a foggy beach, in the seconds when Abby Mason—photographer, fiancée, and soon-to-be-stepmother—looks into her camera and commits her greatest error.

Six-year-old Emma vanished into the thick San Francisco fog. Or into the heaving Pacific. Or somewhere just beyond: to a parking lot, a stranger’s van, or a road with traffic flashing by. Devastated by guilt and haunted by her fears about becoming a stepmother, Abby refuses to believe that Emma is dead. And so she searches for clues about what happened that morning—and cannot stop the flood of memories reaching from her own childhood to illuminate that irreversible moment on the beach.

Now, as the days drag into weeks, as the police lose interest and fliers fade on telephone poles, Emma’s father finds solace in religion and scientific probability—but Abby can only wander the beaches and city streets, attempting to recover the past and the little girl she lost. With her life at a crossroads, she will leave San Francisco for a country thousands of miles away. And there, by the side of another sea, on a journey that has led her to another man and into a strange subculture of wanderers and surfers, Abby will make the most astounding discovery of all—as the truth of Emma’s disappearance unravels with stunning force.

A profoundly original novel of family, loss, and hope—of the choices we make and the choices made for us—The Year of Fog beguiles with the mysteries of time and memory even as it lays bare the deep and wondrous workings of the human heart. The result is a mesmerizing tour de force that will touch anyone who knows what it means to love a child.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “MacDuffie’s clear vocals reflect her ability to enunciate every word, drawing listeners into this entrancing tale of heartbreak…Much of the story highlights Abby’s innermost thoughts and feelings, and the narrator executes these speech patterns with careful pauses and inflections. A richly narrated page-turner.”


  • “Carrington MacDuffie reads very competently and professionally, and the first-person narrative is very effective. Recommended for popular fiction collections, especially where authors like Jodi Picoult, Elizabeth Berg, and Jacquelyn Mitchard are popular.”

    Library Journal

  • “Richmond’s latest is mesmerizing and beautifully written. This lyrical tale of the drama surrounding one woman’s life packs a tremendous emotional punch that will resonate with readers for years to come.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 5/22/2011

    " It was OK. A little hard to relate to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 5/11/2011

    " This is a fascinating book that will keep you on edge to finish and find out what happened to Emma. It's heartbreaking and moving and beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/10/2011

    " Depressing book. Not one I would recommend but I did like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 5/7/2011

    " Heartpounding anticipation throughout. A hard topic to read about, but extremely well told. I loved this book.

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 4/19/2011

    " I didn't think I would like this book due to the subject matter, but It wasn't as bad as I thought. The whining got to be a little much for me at times. I liked the way it ended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 4/17/2011

    " I expected this book to be better than it was. It was rather boring to me. I kept waiting for the plot to pick up and it just never did. I found the end to be somewhat anticlimactic as well. Probably wont be reading any more of her books. "

About the Author

Michelle Richmond is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Year of Fog, as well as the Dream of the Blue Room and The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. Her stories and essays have appeared in Glimmer Train, Playboy, the Oxford American, and elsewhere. She has been a James Michener Fellow, and her fiction has received the Associated Writing Programs Award and the Mississippi Review Prize. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Michelle lives with her husband and son in San Francisco.

About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.