Girls by Frederick Busch
A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

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A New York Times Notable Book

In the unrelenting cold and bitter winter of upstate New York, Jack and his wife, Fanny, are trying to cope with the desperate sorrow they feel over the death of their young daughter. The loss forms a chasm in their relationship as Jack, a sardonic Vietnam vet, looks for a way to heal them both.

Then, in a nearby town, a fourteen-year-old girl disappears somewhere between her home and church. Though she is just one of the hundreds of children who vanish every year in America, Jack turns all his attention to this little girl. For finding what has become of this child could be Jack's salvation--if he can just get to her in time. . . .

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About Frederick Busch

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Frederick Busch (1941–2006) won numerous awards and taught at Colgate University for many years. His books include North, A Memory of War, and Don’t Tell Anyone, a New York Times Notable Book.
Published August 10, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 279 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Busch contrives several vivid and haunting confrontation scenes--between Jack and his wife Fanny, suffering together in a truce, which is all that's left to their marriage since the death of their infant daughter;

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So should fans of Billy Budd as Bartholomew and Melville himself (called ""M"") enliven and deepen the novel with allusion and argument: ""Do I seek a stay against oblivion on behalf of my little actors on the vast page?

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