Missing Men

Missing Men : A Memoir

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From the author of Minor Characters, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award - an "intricate and compelling" (O, The Oprah Magazine) memoir that chronicles her childhood and her two ill-fated marriages Joyce Johnson's classic memoir of growing up female in the 1950s, Minor Characters, was one of the initiators of an important new genre: the personal story of a minor player on history's stage. In Missing Men, a memoir that tells her mother's story as well as her own, Johnson constructs an equally unique self-portrait as she examines, from a woman's perspective, the far-reaching reverberations of fatherlessness. Telling a story that has "shaped itself around absences," Missing Men presents us with the arc and flavor of a unique New York life--from the author's adventures as a Broadway stage child to her fateful encounters with the two fatherless artists she marries. Joyce Johnson's voice has never been more compelling.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 127 x 195.6 x 15.2mm | 226.8g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143035231
  • 9780143035237
  • 947,111

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A big-hearted, commonsensical, thoroughly adult book. A memoir to savor, shot through with rueful humor and haunting compassion.(Phillip Lopate) With a style balanced between lyricism and forceful clarity, Joyce Johnson has become one of our premiere memoirists. ("O, The Oprah Magazine")
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About Joyce Johnson

Joyce Johnson is the author of three novels, including The Night Café. Her other books include Minor Characters, which was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957-1958.
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76 ratings
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3 30% (23)
2 11% (8)
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