48 Clues into the Disappearance of My Sister (Hardcover)
A CrimeReads, AARP, Los Angeles Magazine and Dayton Daily News "Most Anticipated" Release
In the newest literary thriller from celebrated author Joyce Carol Oates, a woman mysteriously vanishes, leaving her sister behind to tally up the clues and discover her fate.
What has become of Marguerite Fulmer? On an otherwise average day in Upstate New York, the young woman left her family home, never to return. No note was left, no explanation; just a messy bedroom and her sister Gigi, driven to dig through the meager clues and discover the truth behind her disappearance.
As the investigation unfolds, every subtle bit of evidence becomes a potential clue. The silk Dior slip dress, left in a heap on the floor; the impression of Ferragamo boots outside in the dirt, a trail of footsteps that abruptly ends before it leaves the yard. And as Gigi trails the detectives, she finds previously unknown troubles in the life of her perfect, gorgeous, much-loved sister?troubles that at times seem to reflect her own.
Bit by bit, like ripping the petals off a flower blossom, a dark truth is revealed. And subtly, but with the unbearable suspense at which Joyce Carol Oates excels, clues mount and bring to light the fate of the missing beauty.
About the Author
Joyce Carol Oates is the author of more than 70 books, including novels, short story collections, poetry volumes, plays, essays, and criticism, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde. Among her many honors are the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and the National Book Award. Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.
[An] exquisite novel of suspense … This elegant, captivating tale is un-put-downable.
— Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
Another masterpiece of storytelling from a writer who jumps between genres and styles with amazing aplomb.… A thematically and stylistically ambitious novel that displays the author’s literary gifts to their maximum effect.
— Booklist STARRED REVIEW
In 48 Clues into the Disappearance of My Sister, Oates has added another disturbing character to her bountiful cast of strange people and devised another chilling work, one that will slot into the vast canon for which she is justly renowned.
— New York Journal of Books
A kaleidoscopic portrait of an unforgettable woman whose memory everyone honors only by distorting it.
The latest by celebrated author Joyce Carol Oates is not just a ripping good mystery, but a meticulous character study executed as only she can.
— Los Angeles Magazine
A literary thriller that’s written as a memoir — perfect for all the Daisy Jones & the Six fans out there.
— Katie Couric Media
I couldn't put it down.
— Christina Ianzito - AARP
A writer of extraordinary talents.
“A deeply insightful and chilling psychological exploration. 48 CLUES INTO THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY SISTER is absorbing, fascinating and disturbing in precisely the way a riveting thriller should be. Not to be missed.”
— Reviewing the Evidence