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The Year of Fog

ISBN: 9780385340120

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The international bestseller about memory, obsession, and one woman’s search for a missing child.

The book of the summer. If you read only one book, read The Year of Fog.Telematin, France

Impossible to put down.” News of the World (best books of the year)

“Gripping. Grade: A.” The Washington Post

“A mesmerizing novel of loss and grief, hope and redemption, and the endurance of love.” Library Journal, starred review (Best books of the year)

“Richmond gracefully explores the nature of memory and perception in key passages that never slow the suspense of the search…a page-turner with a philosophical bent.” Booklist

Compulsively readable…both believable and bittersweet.” Robin Vidimos, The Denver Post

“In this spare page-turner, Richmond draws complex tensions from the setup of a child gone missing… The book is beautifully paced–one feels Abby’s clarity of purpose from the first page. The sure-handed denouement reflects the focus and restraint that Richmond brings to bear throughout.” Publishers Weekly

““Mesmerising and harrowing… Richmond has established herself as the mistress of the kind of literary mystery that reads like a fine thriller but with added insight and wisdom.” ~Daily Mailr-part harmony going throughout her novel: it’s part mystery, has a lot of science bits about the brain and camera function in it, contains about three love stories, and is lyrically philosophical. Too intellectual to be a fast read, too compelling to be a slow one, all I can say is Richmond may well have invented a new genre: smartlit.” Wendy Welch, Little Book Store of Big Stone Gap

“A harrowing, beautifully written story of a photographer and soon-to-be stepmom whose momentary lapse in attention results in the disappearance of her fiance’s little girl on a foggy beach in San Francisco. What happened to 6-year-old Emma? The answer, and its implications, will keep you on the edge of your beach chair.” Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times.

“An unusually imaginative novel of family, loss and hope, The Year of Fog tackles mysteries of time, memory and the human heart.” ~South China Morning Post

“Mesmerising and harrowing… Richmond has established herself as the mistress of the kind of literary mystery that reads like a fine thriller but with added insight and wisdom.” ~Daily Mail, UK

“The gripping story of the search for a missing child.” Radio France

“Psychologically sophisticated suspense.” ~Freundin, Germany

“Intimate and exciting…a good, long, fascinating metaphysical novel.” Benzine Magazine, France

“Shines with a pleasing literary style, a quiet narrative and intense characters.” WDR5, Germany

“Richmond masterfully conjures feelings of love and loss.” Paisajes, Spain.

“Intriguing.” Que Leer, Spain.

“With sensitivity, Michelle Richmond examines the fragility of our own stories and the role of memory.” Lalibre, Belgium

“Much more than a tale of a woman looking for a child who’s lost. It’s also about the nature of passion, guilt, and most of all, memory…The Year of Fog also serves as a real-life guidebook of sorts to some of San Francisco’s lesser known neighborhoods and sites…Richmond captures the spirit of life in The City.” ~Leslie Katz, The San Francisco Examiner

The Year of Fog [is] written so movingly that an experience that is far from universal becomes immediate and personal… the vignettes throughout create a larger poetica in which it is the reader who becomes, happily, lost.” Santa Fe Reporter

“A hauntingly written novel of two people dealing with loss in their own ways… Richmond’s dream-like prose lends to an eerie atmosphere, and the solving [of] the mystery of Emma’s disappearance will leave you breathless.” Parkersburg News & Sentinel

“In The Year of Fog, Richmond gives us both a mystery and a meditation on memory. Profound, deeply moving, endlessly gripping; you will devour it in a weekend and turn it over to begin again.” ~Andrew Sean Greer, author of The Confessions of Max Tivoli

  • A Kirkus Reviews Top Pick for Reading Groups
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An international bestseller (see foreign editions)
  • Best Books of the Year, Library Journal
  • Best Books of the Year, News of the World
  • A finalist for Elle Prix de Lectrices
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book
  • More than 500,000 copies sold in the U.S.
  • The official selection of Silicon Valley Reads 2011
  • A Target Bookmarked Club pick
  • Now in its 27th trade paperback printing