The Year of Fog

The Year of Fog

A Novel

eBook - 2007
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Life changes in an instant. On a foggy beach. In the seconds when Abby Mason -- photographer, fiancée soon-to-be-stepmother -- looks into her camera and commits her greatest error. Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautifully told, here is the riveting tale of a family torn apart, of the search for the truth behind a child's disappearance, and of one woman's unwavering faith in the redemptive power of love -- all made startlingly fresh through Michelle Richmond's incandescent sensitivity and extraordinary insight. 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, 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.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9780440336556
0440336554
Characteristics: 369 p. ; 24 cm.
Summary: Life changes in an instant. On a foggy beach. In the seconds when Abby Mason -- photographer, fiancée soon-to-be-stepmother -- looks into her camera and commits her greatest error. Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautifully told, here is the riveting tale of a family torn apart, of the search for the truth behind a child's disappearance, and of one woman's unwavering faith in the redemptive power of love -- all made startlingly fresh through Michelle Richmond's incandescent sensitivity and extraordinary insight. 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, 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.

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maipenrai
Aug 17, 2016

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lucky38
Oct 22, 2012

this book became tiresome. I finally skipped a couple hundred pages and found out the search was still on, so skipped some more until Abby finally had a good lead to the girl. I felt all along the girl would be found. But things did not come together for Abby. the father would always remember her as the one who lost his daughter in the first place, even if she found her later. the story was fractured in places and hard to follow. I agree with gvlee, 2 story lines are not easy to follow. will not be recommending the book.

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gvlee
Apr 21, 2011

The writing is good and the bits on memory are interesting, but as a reader, I got impatient wading through all that jetsam and flotsam and just wanted to find out what happened to the missing girl. It's like this story is really 2 different books, one a tension filled story of the missing girl, the other a slow, dreamy, philosophical discussion of memory and consequences. I found the two did not mix well. But don't get me wrong; it's still a worthwhile read, with a believable resolution.

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cherylquiring
Mar 27, 2011

Interesting, but not a lot of depth

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libraperson
Jan 13, 2011

felt this was mediocre - enjoyed setting - San Francisco

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nic03red
Nov 15, 2010

I really liked this book. It is so emotional and heartbreaking. I can't imagine what it would be like to lose a child. I couldn't put this book down.

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KarenW
Jun 05, 2007

Abby is in love with two people - her fiance and his five year old daughter, Emma. Although not a mother herself, Abby finds herself enjoying her role as step-mother-to-be until one day on the beach she loses sight of Emma as she disappears into the fog. After a frantic search of the nearby public washrooms and the sea wall, Abby realizes that Emma is truly gone, perhaps gone forever. And now she has to face Emma''s father. This gripping novel takes Jake and Abby on a search of their own surroundings and their hearts. What seems to be promising leads soon dry up and they are left to deal with the anguish that seeps into their souls as surely as the fog and waves seep onto the beach. As Abby grows restless in her search she decides to leave the country in search of a thin lead. What truth she finds on another beach thousands of miles away from the first one will answer all her questions about Emma and her relationship with Jake.

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