In Pittard's absorbing mystery-cum-elegy the main character, Nora Lindell, is not just unknowable she is quite literally unseen, unknown, absent. When the sixteen-year-old went missing on Halloween some thirty-plus years ago, all she left behind was her memory. It is a mere whiff of a memory at that, since sixteen years is hardly enough time to make any kind of substantial mark. Or is it?
Maybe in the great cosmic scheme of things sixteen years is not long. To those in the unnamed Mid-Atlantic town where Nora grew up, however, it is long enough to leave indelible marks on those who knew and cared about her. Therefore, such an unexpected and inexplicable disappearance elicits not just profound grief but wild and prolonged speculation about why and how and with whom and where. So many unanswered questions. Ah, but herein lies the twist, the magic of Pittard's treatment. Because...
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