The Artist of the Missing

A Novel

Paul La Farge; Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn

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Frank, a young artist, arrives in the city hoping to unravel the mystery of his parents' disappearance. He begins working as a washer of robes at a hotel for itinerant judges. There he meets and falls in love with Prudence, a forensic photographer whose pictures reveal the secrets of the dead.

When Prudence disappears, Frank sets out in search of her, a quest that leads him into the shadowy world of a revolutionary salon, then to prison, and finally to discover the city's strange secrets and the secrets of his own heart.

A haunting novel that recalls the early work of Paul Auster and Steven Millhauser, The Artist of the Missing is a stunning debut, both a richly imagined evocation of another world and a piercing examination of the mystery of love, and beautifully illustrated by the acclaimed artist Stephen Alcorn.

A visionary novel about love, loss, imagination, and despair.

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"An exuberant tale full of wonders conceived by a young writer with a dazzling command of language and an imagination that brings to mind the otherworlds of Kafka, Swift, and Frank Baum. There is no escapism, for while the trials of his hero are enchanting, they reflect real fears of a present in which connections are fleeting, memory devalued, love a simulation. What’s missing is true feeling and the storyteller’s art which LaFarge so beautifully supplies." – Maureen Howard

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Paul La Farge; Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn

Paul LaFarge lives in San Francisco. This is his first novel.  Stephen Alcorn studied printmaking in Italy and illustrated the Modern Library series. He is the 1998 recipient of the Carter G. Woodson Book Award.

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The Artist of the Missing
A Novel
Paul La Farge; Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn

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Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
June 1999
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374525804
ISBN10: 0374525803
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages, Black-and-white illustrations throughout
$20.00
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