Let's discuss "Elizabeth Is Missing" by Emma Healey

In this darkly riveting debut novel—a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also an heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging—an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.

Maud, an aging grandmother, is slowly losing her memory—and her grip on everyday life. Yet she refuses to forget her best friend Elizabeth, whom she is convinced is missing and in terrible danger.

But no one will listen to Maud—not her frustrated daughter, Helen, not her caretakers, not the police, and especially not Elizabeth's mercurial son, Peter. Armed with handwritten notes she leaves for herself and an overwhelming feeling that Elizabeth needs her help, Maud resolves to discover the truth and save her beloved friend.

This singular obsession forms a cornerstone of Maud's rapidly dissolving present. But the clues she discovers seem only to lead her deeper into her past, to another unsolved disappearance: her sister, Sukey, who vanished shortly after World War II.

As vivid memories of a tragedy that occurred more fifty years ago come flooding back, Maud discovers new momentum in her search for her friend. Could the mystery of Sukey's disappearance hold the key to finding Elizabeth?

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  • Heather

    Something came up again. Won't have the car to attend tonight. I'm sorry, was looking forward to it. Hopefully I'll be seeing you the next time.

    September 28

  • Elizabeth

    This sounds good all-around -- the book, the venue, date/time, and the company. Please let me know if a space opens up and I can join you all. :-)

    1 · September 12

    • Andrea F.

      Elizabeth, if no spot opens up, just drop by! You are named Elizabeth, you HAVE to be there :) Looking forward to meeting you soon.

      September 27

    • Elizabeth

      Thank you, Andrea, I will see you all this evening. :-)

      September 28

  • Birgitta E.

    Hi, I joined this Group some Days ago, but it seems that every meeting is already full?

    September 25

    • Andrea F.

      Birgitta, welcome! Just let me know which meet ups you would like to attend and we can open up a spot for you! Hope to see you soon!

      September 27

  • Heather

    I know spots are filled but just wanted to let you know I plan on attending, hope that's okay...just bought the book and it sounds good. Looking forward to seeing all you ladies again, and hopefully some new faces too. Thank you! :)

    1 · September 23

    • Andrea F.

      Heather, it's more than ok! :) We look forward to seeing you again tomorrow.

      September 27

  • Tanya F.

    Will be out of town! Hate that I'm missing the second book club meeting. :( Enjoy, ladies!

    Also, FYI: when I came home from this last meeting I was telling my husband how much I enjoyed it and he asked if he could join! I had to break it to him that the name of it is Decatur WOMEN'S Book Club! Ha!

    1 · September 9

  • Steph

    Yeah! I have a coupon for there!

    July 29, 2014

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