Elizabeth Is Missing: A Novel

By Emma Healey

In this darkly riveting debut novel—a refined mental secret that also is an heartbreakingly sincere meditation on reminiscence, identification, and aging—an aged lady descending into dementia embarks on a determined quest to discover the simplest pal she believes has disappeared, and her look for the reality will return many years and feature shattering consequences.

Maud, an getting older grandmother, is slowly wasting her memory—and her grip on way of life. but she refuses to disregard her ally Elizabeth, whom she is confident is lacking and in poor danger.

But nobody will take heed to Maud—not her annoyed daughter, Helen, no longer her caretakers, no longer the police, and particularly no longer Elizabeth’s mercurial son, Peter. Armed with handwritten notes she leaves for herself and an overpowering feeling that Elizabeth wishes her support, Maud resolves to find the reality and keep her cherished friend.

This singular obsession varieties a cornerstone of Maud’s swiftly dissolving current. however the clues she discovers appear simply to steer her deeper into her prior, to a different unsolved disappearance: her sister, Sukey, who vanished almost immediately after international warfare II.

As vibrant stories of a tragedy that happened extra fifty years in the past come flooding again, Maud discovers new momentum in her look for her pal. may possibly the secret of Sukey’s disappearance carry the most important to discovering Elizabeth?

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Helen and Katy sigh, and that i ask yourself how lengthy we’ve been strolling round, how lengthy we’ve been looking out. I’m commencing to remorse this journey. It’s a pity, simply because I used to like purchasing. however the retailers are so diverse now, every little thing jumbled in, jumbled approximately. such a lot of peculiar shades. who's it wears those vivid orange issues? they have to seem like highway diggers. adolescents will put on nearly whatever, apparently. simply examine Katy. turns out humorous I must have a granddaughter with “piercings,” notwithstanding i guess she is taken into account relatively unremarkable by means of different young ones. maybe i'd have “piercings,” too, if I have been younger now. She leans on a rail of floral skirts, mimicking my very own pose; merely Helen remains thoroughly upright, status in the midst of the lino course, forcing different consumers to avoid prior her. “Mother, we’ve proven you 100 sweaters,” she says. “You’ve rejected all of them. There are not any extra left to teach you. ” “Can’t were 100. ” I do get pissed off at Helen’s exaggerations. “What approximately over there? We haven’t regarded in that bit but. ” I aspect to the opposite facet of Women’s put on. “Grandma, we’ve simply come from there. ” after all we've got. Have we? Katy pushes herself clear of the skirts, hooking a cream sweater off a rail subsequent to her. “Look, this one is good. It’s the appropriate type of color. ” “It’s ribbed. No stable. ” I shake my head. “I can’t are aware of it. All i need is a sweater with a around neck. no longer a polo, no longer a V. hot, yet no longer too thick. ” Katy grins at her mom prior to turning to me. “Yes, and it can’t be too lengthy, yet mustn’t be too short—” “Exactly. part the sweaters don’t even conceal your abdominal button. and that i recognize you’re making enjoyable, Katy,” I say, even though I simply be aware of after I’ve began to solution. “But it’s now not a lot to invite, is it? a standard sweater. ” “And an ordinary color. Black or army or beige or—” “Thank you, Katy. you'll snort, yet you can’t particularly anticipate me to put on this type of atypical colors. Puce or magenta or teal or no matter what they're. ” I can’t aid smiling; it’s great, being teased. Elizabeth frequently teases me, too. It makes me think human. at the least an individual assumes I’m clever adequate to get a comic story. My granddaughter laughs, yet Helen places her arms as much as her head, surveying the rails and rails of garments. “Mum, can’t you notice that to discover a sweater that's the size, thickness, color, neck-type, and goodness is familiar with what else that matches you in my opinion is an most unlikely job? ” “I don’t see why. while i used to be younger i may consistently locate the precise kind of sweater. they'd extra selection in these days. ” “What—during rationing? I doubt that. ” “They did. Or not less than you may constantly locate an individual to make you what you sought after. And Sukey used to convey me attractive outfits. ” My sister constantly dressed very stylishly, in particular after she married. She minimize issues up and made them new, after all, yet nonetheless Ma used to ask yourself the place she received the cash, by no means brain the coupons, and pop may shake his head, conversing concerning the black marketplace. I received a beautiful velvet bolero from her as soon as. I wore it some distance too usually, for terribly traditional events, and needed later that I’d stored it for most sensible.

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