The Missing Person by Alix Ohlin

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When art history grad student Lynn Fleming finds out that Wylie, her younger brother, has disappeared, she reluctantly leaves New York and returns to the dusty Albuquerque of her youth. What she finds when she arrives is more unsettling and frustrating than she could have predicted. Wylie is nowhere to be found, not in the tiny apartment he shares with a grungy band of eco-warriors, or lingering close to his suspiciously well-maintained Caprice. As Wylie continues to evade her, Lynn becomes certain that Angus, one of her brother’s environmental cohorts, must know more than he is revealing. What follows is a tale of ecological warfare, bending sensibilities, and familial surprises as Lynn searches for her missing person.

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About Alix Ohlin

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Alix Ohlin is the author of The Missing Person, a novel; Babylon and OtherStories; and Signs and Wonders, a new collection. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best New American Voices, and on public radio's Selected Shorts. She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, where she teaches at Lafayette College.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Her affair with one of the main Eco-pranksters, Angus Beam, leads to her participation in the group’s plots to drain private swimming pools (a waste of water) and close down access to the mountains outside the city (to create a wilderness area), while her mother carries on a blatant affair with D...

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THE missing person in this polished first novel is Lynn Fleming's brother, Wylie, and it's also the narrator herself, who knows she is ''a type, part of a crop, one in a long line of art-history girls with the same education and wisecracks and shoes.'' Lynn hates her hometown, Albuquerque, and sh...

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If you like your fiction to feature almost shockingly thorough character development done at maximal efficiency (meaning: you need be only paragraphs into one of her stories to fully know the person you're reading about), and if you like the sort of stories in which plots hinge on the sort of sma...

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