Before I got my hands on it, I was eager to read what’s inside the book, Nobody is Ever Missing. The title lured into some kind of a positive trap and it still attracts me. Especially with the cover. There are rare times in the life of a reader like me who gets attracted to the cover and the title more than knowing what’s inside the book. I managed to read it on a lonely, starry night while sitting in a singular position. I remember all this because, reading it, brings back that starry night memory.
The novel shows Elyria as a twenty-eight year soap opera writer from Manhattan, married to a math professor and no children. She abandons her home, job, husband and vanishes without a word to New Zealand. She picks a destination, the farm of Werner, a poet she met at a reading in New York, even though Elyria doesn’t like poetry. Werner, however, gives an unexplainable comfort vibe which attracts Elyria and most of his poems are about loneliness. Once arrived at Werner’s farm, Elyria is content with her new life. Soon Werner, decides, Elyria is sad to bear with and she is deposited at the side of the road, alone with herself, nowhere to go.
And so, Elyria continues to travel over the country, tolerating different other characters but not courting closeness. She is fastened by her thoughts such that she ignores other characters. Most characters are like the part of landscape on a canvas, not easy to spot. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey”