Brandon S. Graham’s new novel “Missing People” is the classic punch in
the gut Grit-Lit storytelling I’ve grown to love from him over the last few
years. He does not disappoint with this nail-biting tale of colorful characters
making their way in the world.
To me the book reads much like a movie playing out in front of you on the
big screen. This is the telltale sign of a great writer. Someone who
has spent day in and day out with each character-pouring everything they have
into each one to make their book alive and believable. “Missing People” is a book I highly recommend. Graham is at the top of
his game. My prediction is this book is going to sell many copies and most
likely make it to the big screen. It’s that good. So, pick up your copy today! Book Description from Amazon:“Six years after the traumatic disappearance of
Etta Messenger, it's clear that none of the members of her middle-class family
have finished mourning. Gaping emotional wounds have been poorly addressed.
Etta's mother, Meg, anxious to find closure and make what she can of the rest
of her life, has organized a memorial service to mark the painful anniversary.
Newton, Etta's erstwhile high school sweetheart, a disabled Afghanistan veteran
with anger issues, uses the impending anniversary as a convenient excuse to
spin out of control. Charlie, Etta's earnest blue-collar father, takes stock of
his life and is reminded how he failed to protect his daughter. Her younger
brother, Townes, who was the last of them to see Etta and is convinced his emotional
outburst drove his sister away, has his fragile hermetic cocoon threatened by
the heightened emotions of the day.
On the day of the memorial, a snowstorm threatens the city, and a chance
observation on a commuter train entangles Townes in a dangerous situation that
recall the events surrounding Etta's loss. The characters are shaken from their
mournful routines by an unrelenting chain of events, including Newton's arrest,
Townes' dangerous heroics, Charlie's recognition of his own shortcomings, and Meg's
shocking discovery. The action moves from the seemingly serene suburbs to the
heart of a dangerous Chicago neighborhood.
Will this ensemble of damaged characters pull themselves together in time, or
will new stresses rip their tattered lives to shreds...”
“Never be an artist that starts worshiping
yourself or believe your little group is better than anyone outside of it. For,
you are nothing more than a grain of sand on a hillside in this world of ours.
Even Da Vinci’s work is only glanced at then scrolled past on a phone or
computer these days. Climb down off your throne and become humble once more.”
“Humans have the ability to rewrite history. Within a few decades it is
not even questioned. Stories of the past become as real as the world you walk
through today. Wars are waged over false history. Sins are denied. All for
mankind to move forward and feel comfortable about its past. Your true history
is written in the stars. Look up, breathe in, and be humbled by the ones who
came before you. The ones who have suffered, who have endured, who have
overcome. Their blood is alive in you. Their spirits roam freely in the heavens
above.” Jason E. Hodges, When The Cedars Shade Your Grave