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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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Rosemary | 5/7/2011

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

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About the Author
Author Michelle Richmond

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.