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The New York Times bestseller about memory, obsession, and one woman’s search for a missing child. Six-year-old Emma vanishes into the fog on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Devastated by guilt, haunted by her fears about becoming a stepmother, Abby refuses to believe that Emma is.
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His board was special made and only a few exist. Day , Goofy has a guy in her shop that saw the surfboard and the guy who had it said he was going down to Cost Rica to see some friends and surf. Abby started to pack. She tells Jake her lead and that she is going there. He wants her stay.

Day Abby heads for Costa Rica after one more meeting with Nick, a special client and a new friend. He gives her a lead on a place to stay when she gets there and a friend at the embassy in case she needs help. Abby makes plans to go to Playa Hermosa where a lot of the American surfers go. She gets a cabin to rent for the month. She tries to blend in with the locals and says she is a photographer from a travel magazine so as to not call attention to what she is looking for so they won't scare away.

She befriends a local bartender hoping for some help. The bartender has a friend that knows all the best surf spots and makes a map for Abby. Abby puts out word that she is also looking for this special surfboard to 'buy for her brother' just in case anyone has seen it. She takes one and two day trips to the surf spots but no luck. Day and Abby has been in Playa Hermosa for two months.

She follows another tip to go to Toes on the Noes where the next big surf contest is. She takes her camera and continues the act of photographer for a travel magazines, interviewing people on the beach, asking about the board. The contest heats up, a famous surfer Rabbit, shows up, the beach is packed. Abby sees the 'board' only a few feet in front of her.

The hand holding the board turns it around and it's not him and Abby just loses it. Day Abby decides it's time to go home, be with her sister who's pregnant. She decides to take the long bus ride to a couple more beaches before the airport. She gets off at Playa Espadilla, crowded with families. She takes out her camera and starts to take pictures. Then she notices a figure on a towel, a profile, a ponytail. The girl is looking at her.

Does she recognize her? Abby tells her they have been looking for her and finally she answers that she has been waiting. Where is her daddy? Abby realizes she needs to get her out of there before the couple comes back. It takes a few minutes to convince Emma that it's ok to go with her, she won't get in trouble.

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They run through the jungle to the main road and get on the bus. They head to San Jose. Emma tells Abby that she has seen her mom several times over the months. Abby can't believe what she is hearing. When they get to the hotel Abby calls Jake but gets no answer.

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She packs her bags and calls the Embassy. Jake finally calls back and can't believe Emma is alive. Are Ramon and Jake entirely different, or was there a common thread that attracted Abby to each of them? What keeps her from sleeping with Nick in chapter 40? What has she needed from men in general at crucial points in her life? If your past were to be categorized in such a way, what would it look like? Which objects would best represent various events? Which of your memories would you most like to preserve? Abby struggles with feelings of inadequacy, seeing herself as the sister who often botches her chances at a happier life.

What would explain her dangerous decisions? How is she able to appear trustworthy? What are the best examples of good parenting in the novel? What determines whether someone has what it takes to be a good parent? What enabled Abby to uncover the truth while Jake could not? Was it her intuition? The story is told first-person by Abby, who is to me unlikable, whiny and self-absorbed.

The book is about twice as long as it needs to be. There are tangents and backstories for Abby that are mostly pointless. I kept reading because I wanted to find out what happened by Emma more than because the story was gripping and intense. Overall, the book was ok Rating: Apr 09, Jayci rated it it was ok. This was a difficult book to read and a difficult book to put down. A mother's worst fear is loosing a child In pursuit of educating my kids on the real dangers of kidnapping, I may have over-exposed them to the tragic stories in the news these past few years.

I have this urgency for them to "understand" that abduction is real, to be careful, to scream. Richmond like to use a lot of prose while writing. Though This was a difficult book to read and a difficult book to put down. Thoughts on memories, photography, and ones own perception of the world fill the pages of The Year of Fog.

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It takes a very dense mind to absorb passing thoughts and tuck them away for later use. I don't have that gift. It is in, and it is out. While I am not a big fan of prose, Richmond was quick to return to the story at hand. The small chapters kept me reading into the night with "just one more.

I had to turn the last page. This has to be one of the best books I have read this year. The book tells the story about Emma, a little six year old, disappearing while she is at the beach with her father's girlfriend Abby. Even after six months Abby refuses to believe that Emma will never be found and continues to search even after the police and Emma's father stop looking. Abby continues to follow leads which take her to Costa Rica and in the end her perseverence pays off as Emma is found by Abby.

Abby's relationship with J This has to be one of the best books I have read this year. Abby's relationship with Jake and emma is never the same but she learns how to move on with her life after putting it on hold for over a year until Emma is found. I loved this book and couldn't put it down once I started reading it. I am looking forward to more books by Michelle Richmond.

View all 3 comments. The Year Of Fog tells the story of a kidnapped child. A story that's been told a number of times. And I've read my share of them. But there are a number of things which sets this one apart. First of all, it's told from the point of view of the child's stepmother. A boldly different point perspective. It also includes many beautifully written passages on the use of photography as a means, not only to freeze a moment in time, but to imprint that time into our memories. And for me, it's these brill The Year Of Fog tells the story of a kidnapped child. And for me, it's these brilliant dissertations into so many different aspects of our memories, and the ways in which these memories shape, effect, and in some cases, define our lives that makes this novel special.

This was a good read. It definitely goes step by step through the emotional process of having your child disappear - showing how it effects so many lives It did slow down in some parts as the search really becomes part of the day! I really wanted a different ending, it didn't even have to be a complete happy ever after - but there were so many parts left loose for me!

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Bonus points for th This was a good read. Bonus points for the bay area setting, as an east bay girl I love reading around the bay, especially now that I am so far away - double bonus for the surfing action!! Dec 20, Beth rated it it was amazing. I know a book is a great one when I keep thinking about it and the characters for weeks after I've finished it, even after other books have been read and forgotten.

This book has that effect on me. I highly recommend it! Aug 08, Renee itsbooktalk. Loved this book, suspenseful with good characters. Couldn't put it down. May 10, Ashley Ann rated it liked it Shelves: I kept a kind of journal while reading this book, so here's my 2 cents on it: It's harder to feel the emotional pull of her disappearance since we don't really know her. It's like "Oh, a little girl is missing. Now it's "Emma's missing, how awful. Some of them seem irrelevant and a detour from the main plot.

I can see it's point in the story, but at times I feel bogged down by the information and it's relevance to the plot. Scary and out of place. I felt like it did nothing for the story line. Stumbling across Emma in a foreign country is too perfect. We don't really learn exactly why she was taken. And then Abby's story feels unfinished once she's back in San Fransisco. There's no resolution for her. Following her year of trying to find Emma, you really connect with Abby and I want to know where her life is going after finding Emma. All in all not a bad book, but not something I would be inclined to read a second time.

Uma acto impulsivo, que se revelou prudente. The book is emotionally charged and elegantly written, almost poetic in descriptions of memory, however; the book drags on and near the final hundred pages. I skimmed through the pages, reading only major plot points and skipping, our main character, Abby's inner dialogue.

The characters seem a bit unrealistic, especially the father, Jake, who seems to give up sooner than I know most parents would, who seemed more set on giving up than having hope. Then, his attitude later in the book makes no s The book is emotionally charged and elegantly written, almost poetic in descriptions of memory, however; the book drags on and near the final hundred pages. Then, his attitude later in the book makes no sense with the circumstances, which frustrated me quite a bit The book has merits, especially its poetic writing that lures you in, but in the end I found this book to be rather empty in character development, relationships, or anything of substance May 20, Kelly rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book is fantastic - I stayed up just to see how it ended.

If you have children, a niece, a granddaughter - you must read this book. Abby - the main character who was walking on Ocean Beach when Emma disappeared - could be any of us. Her strained relationship with her fiance is heartwrenching as well. HIs pain will break your heart and tear at your soul. This is a This book is fantastic - I stayed up just to see how it ended. This is a page-turner!

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  8. The race to get to the end is fantastic, right up to the very last page. Nov 24, Kendra rated it liked it. I thought the author was building up to something big with a huge twist and it didn't happen. Kind of disappointing but an okay read. Aug 26, Rennie added it. This is a fairly quick read. I found that it was lacking something that I can't quite put my finger on. It is written in present tense and flashbacks taking you on a journey with Abby to find Emma.

    The Year of Fog 1 13 Dec 21, Memory and relationships 1 5 Jul 09, Has Anyone Else Read This? Videos About This Book. Thank you for stopping by my Goodreads page! I grew up in Mobile, Alabama, the middle of three sisters. After attending the University of Alabama, I worked a number of odd jobs around the South before enrolling in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Miami. I've published four novels, inc Thank you for stopping by my Goodreads page! I've published four novels, including The Year of Fog, and two story collections. I had to let go of all of my notions of "what would I do?

    I like to write about ordinary people in crisis: One of the things I find challenging and exciting about writing fiction is allowing my characters to act in questionable ways that make sense to them at the moment. Characters, like children, need the freedom to make their own bad decisions.

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    My novels are often set in San Francisco and the Bay Area, where I've made my home, but my stories and novels also take inspiration from many of the places I've lived and traveled. My story collection HUM features Americans caught up in espionage, surveillance, and all manner of marital crimes. If you love discovering new books, or if you've enjoyed any of my books, I'd love to send you my author newsletter! It includes notes on what I'm reading, dispatches from the writing life, and book giveaways. You can sign up for the newsletter at http: I knew I wanted to be a writer for almost as long as I can remember, way back when I was a kid growing up in Alabama.

    I used to write skits to perform for my parents with my two sisters. After graduating from a huge public school in downtown Mobile, I studied journalism and creative writing at the University of Alabama, then worked in advertising, as well as in restaurants and a tanning salon! I bounced around the South for a while and lived in New York City for a couple of years, with a brief work stint in Beijing, before settling in Northern California in I've been writing here in the fog ever since.

    My first book, The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress was a short story collection that I wrote during my years waitressing and doing other odd jobs in Knoxville and Atlanta. My first novel, Dream of the Blue Room, was inspired by my time in Beijing. My second novel, The Year of Fog, gathered many rejections before being acquired by a young editor at Bantam.

    The Year of Fog was a life-changing book in that in allowed me to connect with readers in ways I'd never quite imagined, and it gave me the freedom to pursue writing full time. Writing is my dream job. It's a job I do alone in a quiet room, but because it allows me to connect with readers, it never feels lonely. Books by Michelle Richmond. See All Goodreads Deals…. Trivia About The Year of Fog. Quotes from The Year of Fog.