The Year of Fog

The Year of Fog

A Novel

Book - 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. 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 Fogbeguiles 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.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2007.
ISBN: 9780385340113
Branch Call Number: FICTION RIC


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Jul 14, 2019

After a few minutes of inattention, Abby's fiance's young daughter disappears while they're taking a walk on a beach in northern California. The year of the title refers to Abby's year as she searches for 6-year old Emma and tries to reconcile herself to the loss. I was fairly well captivated by the story, though it drug quite a bit in the last third. Had a problem with the ending, but no spoilers here.

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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.

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.

Mar 27, 2011

Interesting, but not a lot of depth

Jan 13, 2011

felt this was mediocre - enjoyed setting - San Francisco

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.

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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