The Daughters of Simon Lamoreaux: A novel

by David Long

Hardcover, 2000




New York : Scribner, c2000.


"Ducking out of choir rehearsal at his New England prep school, Miles Fanning rushes to a rendezvous with his girlfriend Carly. But Carly doesn't show up at the appointed time - and is never seen again." "Twenty-four years later, Fanning owns an independent record label in Seattle. He is enduring a trial separation from his wife and feeling increasingly disconnected and withdrawn when he receives an anonymous e-mail message from a woman who turns out to be Carly's sister, Julia Lamoreaux. They meet at a hotel bar - Fanning, who never gives a thought to the past, and Julia, who is obsessed by it. Then silence, until a few weeks later, when Fanning, a frequent insomniac, answers a late-night phone call. It's Julia. So begins a phone and e-mail correspondence in which Julia, chain-smoking and caustic-tongued, tells Fanning of the devastating events set to motion by her sister's never-explained disappearance: in particular, the slow demise of their deeply religious father. Fanning is captivated, and so are we, by Julia's offbeat intensity. His heightening attraction to Julia causes old questions to flare: What did happen to Carly, and how was his own life altered by her fate?"--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)

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LibraryThing member niquetteb
Very detailed flow of words. A little lengthy at times, but perhaps that was necessary to convey the feeling. It would be interesting to further analyze Long's style of writing and how the themes connect, as well as the way he chose to end this novel. The reader has several possible outcomes, yet
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is left with an amount of resolution also.
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