Brilliant Summer Books

This month’s online issue of the British magazine Easy Living features Culture Editor Beatrice Hodgkin’s round-up of “brilliant summer books.” The list includes The Whole Wide Beauty, by Emily Woof, The Day the Falls Stood Still, by Cathy Marie Buchanan, Tell it to the Bees, by Fiona Shaw, The Vice Society, by James McCreet, Love Verb, by Jeams Green, Ties that Bind, by Catherine Deveney, April and Oliver, by Tess Callahan, and The Year of Fog. Thanks, Ms. Hodgkin!

The Year of Fog, Michelle Richmond (Orion, ¬£6.99) Dive into this novel with trepidation, for its story is deeply harrowing; the protagonist loses the child of her fianc√© in the thick fog of a beach in San Francisco and won’t give up the search to find her. A gripping, altogether visceral read.

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Thank you, Sarah Broadhurst!

Today from The Daily Mail, to mark the British publication of The Year of Fog:

In just two novels (No One you Know was the first), Michelle Richmond has established herself as mistress of the kind of literary mystery which packs the punch of a fine thriller but with added insight and wisdom…Mesmerising and harrowing, this is not just a story about a missing child but about faith, the function of memory and the way life can completely turn around in an instant.

Plus Sarah Broadhurst’s review of The Year of Fog.

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Life imitates fiction: Fog spoiler alert!

When I read this article about three little girls who were kidnapped by their father in 2007, I was struck by the uncanny similarities to The Year of Fog, particularly regarding the girls’ eventual recovery. The girls, who were abducted from their mother, Christine Bedford, during a custody visit with their father, David Matusiewicz, were eventually found living with Matusiewicz in a Winnebago in Central America. They had even spent time sleeping on a beach in Costa Rica.

It wasn’t until March 2009 that a lead, on which authorities declined to elaborate, brought law enforcement officers to a town about 40 miles outside of the Managua, Nicaragua.
There, at the end of a 19-month search, authorities discovered the girls inside a messy Winnebago trailer, overfilled with items from their Delaware home, said a U.S. Marshal who arrived on the scene.

Christine Belford took the first flight she could to Nicaragua. Her girls were healthy, though disheveled. The eldest, Laura, now 7, told her mother about sleeping on the beach in Costa Rica. The once-plump girl had become thin. Her autistic daughter, Leigh, now 6, hadn’t received treatment. When Leigh smiled, Belford noticed her teeth had rotted.

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French prize nomination for Year of Fog

L’annee brouillard, the French translation of The Year of Fog (translated by Sophie Aslanides), is featured this month in the French edition of Elle Magazine as the November selection of the Elle Grand Prix des Lectrices. Read the jurors’ comments here. Read the Elle review here.

Thanks so much to the editors at Elle as well as the jurors, my publisher Buchet Chastel, and my wonderful translator, Sophie Aslanides.

“A novel of unbearable suspense … This book is not read, it is consumed, it permeates.” Regina Lepage
“A gem of originality.” Martine Madoux
“The book exerts a kind of magnetic force that propels the reader forward.” Regina Simon

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