The morning of the shooting is the last day she'll go out for a while. Already Lucy had been growing nervous about being out in public. . .
A novel of two strangers swept up in the aftermath of two politicized acts of violence. THE DISAPPEARED traces a pair of survivors: a woman whose husband is missing in a San Bernardino-type of attack, and a man who believes his sister was an unidentified victim of the '93 World Trade Center bombing. With a remarkable mix of nuance and momentum, Braver portrays their post-trauma experience in the face of relentless public feedback.
"Adam Braver’s vivid characters move through a haunted landscape—the world forever changed by terror—that has become all too familiar to many of us. This compelling and elegantly written novel charts the intersections of individual and collective grief, unfolding in unexpected ways. It is both profoundly personal and smartly political, a memorable page turner with urgent, resonant themes."
- Alix Ohlin, author of Signs and Wonder
"Braver’s novel is rich and humane, a tightly controlled, beautifully orchestrated portrait of contemporary terrors and the feedback loops of fear and paranoia they create that mesmerize us and, tragically, sometimes drive us mad. There are those that disappear in the violence, and those that disappear searching for them in their wakes, trying to make sense of insanity."
- Paul Harding, winner of the Pulitzer Prize
"The Disappeared concerns itself with the collateral damage visited upon two families in the aftermath of politically motivated trauma. Its aim is to personalize the effects of foreign dissent, of national protest, of mere happenstance, of sheer bad luck. Its two lead characters pursue their faithful remembrance of those they lost, who, then, after all, have not disappeared. It is a strangely uplifting book, given its subject and the times we live in. Highly recommended." — Antonya Nelson, winner of the Rhea Award for the Short Story
Praise for Adam Braver
“Braver is a terrific writer, an observer of the most acute details; throughout the book, he traces the subtle interactions of his characters as they collide and move apart.” — Los Angeles Times
“Braver has achieved more than a skillful retelling of a particularly morbid moment in American history. With its collage-like structure and post-
modern blend of fact and fiction, November 22, 1963 raises fascinating questions about how we perceive history and the ways in which personal and collective experience intersect.” — The Oregonian
“a blazingly original, brilliantly concretized historical novel from the author of Mr. Lincoln’s War” — ELLE
“. . .a captivating mix of fact and fiction. . . While the accumulation of small moments gives the book its weightiness, the stories of people peri-pherally associated with the assassination make the book sing.” — Publisher’s Weekly
"My main motivations in beginning to write The Disappeared were my own feelings of fear—the constant reminder I needed to remember that we live in a world full of risks, and to not let these this fears paralyze me. This only gets abetted by the nonstop coverage of any event—something that both connects us to the actual events but also distances us from the true reality. Either way, it horrifies me. The notion of the barrier of the television screen was also important for me in constructing how we see, understand, and interpret this age of terrorism and its aftermath..." - Adam Braver in conversation with David Winner at The Brooklyn Rail
"insight into loss, grief, and psychological frailty and insecurity" - Library Journal
"Victims of terrorism aren’t just the murdered or wounded but family members left to cope with the sudden loss and horror. This is the terrain of the terrorist legacy, the faceless enemies, 'almost exclusively represented by their horrific actions, their statements on social media, and the occasional video...' Determined disappearance may be the only way to deal with it. Braver explores the dark realms of wounded psyches beautifully and compassionately." - Sam Coale at The Providence Journal
Adam Braver is the author of five novels (Mr. Lincoln’s Wars, Divine Sarah, Crows Over The Wheatfield, November 22, 1963, and Misfit). His books have been selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers program, Borders’ Original Voices series, the IndieNext list, and twice for the Book Sense list, as well as having been translated into French, Italian, Japanese, Turkish, and Russian. Braver’s fiction and essays have appeared in journals such as Daedalus, Ontario Review, Cimarron Review, Water-Stone Review, Harvard Review, Tin House, The Normal School, West Branch, The Pinch, and Post Road. He is on faculty and author-in-residence at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. He also teaches at the New York State Summer Writers Institute.
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