The Art of Vanishing by Laura Smith
A Memoir of Wanderlust

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However, where Follett chose to steal off into the night, remaining a mystery, Smith decided to be seen, blemishes and all. A bravely introspective tale of wanderlust and lustful wandering.
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A young woman chafing at the confines of marriage confronts the high cost of craving freedom and adventure

At twenty-five, as her wedding date approached, Laura Smith began to feel trapped. Not by her fiancé, who shared her appetite for adventure, but by the unsettling idea that it was hard to be at once married and free.

Laura wanted her life to be different. She wanted her marriage to be different. And she found in the strangely captivating story of another restless young woman determined to live without constraints both an enticement and a challenge. Barbara Newhall Follett was a free-spirited trailblazer who published her first novel at 11, enlisted as a deck hand on a boat bound for the south China seas at 15 and was one of the first women to hike the Appalachian trail. Then in December 1939, when she was not much older than Laura, she walked out of her apartment on a quiet tree-lined street in Brookline, leaving behind a fraying marriage, and vanished without a trace. Obsessed by her story, Laura set off to find out what had happened.

The Art of Vanishing is a riveting mystery and a piercing exploration of marriage and convention that asks deep and uncomfortable questions: Why do we give up on our childhood dreams? Is marriage a golden noose? Must we find ourselves in the same row houses with Pottery Barn lamps telling our kids to behave? Searingly honest and written with a raw intensity, it will challenge you to rethink your most intimate decisions and may just upend your life.
 

About Laura Smith

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Laura Lee Smith's short fiction was selected by guest editor Amy Hempel for inclusion in New Stories from the South 2010. Her work has also appeared in The Florida Review, Natural Bridge, Bayou and other journals. She lives in Florida and works as an advertising copywriter.
 
Published February 6, 2018 by Viking. 268 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Travel, Parenting & Relationships, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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However, where Follett chose to steal off into the night, remaining a mystery, Smith decided to be seen, blemishes and all. A bravely introspective tale of wanderlust and lustful wandering.

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