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Publisher Description

Life changes in an instant. On a foggy beach. In the seconds when Abby Mason—photographer, fiancée soon-to-be-stepmother—looks into her camera and commits her greatest error. Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautifully told, here is the riveting tale of a family torn apart, of the search for the truth behind a child’s disappearance, and of one woman’s unwavering faith in the redemptive power of love—all made startlingly fresh through Michelle Richmond’s incandescent sensitivity and extraordinary insight.

Six-year-old Emma vanished into the thick San Francisco fog. Or into the heaving Pacific. Or somewhere just beyond: to a parking lot, a stranger’s van, or a road with traffic flashing by. Devastated by guilt, haunted by her fears about becoming a stepmother, Abby refuses to believe that Emma is dead. And so she searches for clues about what happened that morning—and cannot stop the flood of memories reaching from her own childhood to illuminate that irreversible moment on the beach.

Now, as the days drag into weeks, as the police lose interest and fliers fade on telephone poles, Emma’s father finds solace in religion and scientific probability—but Abby can only wander the beaches and city streets, attempting to recover the past and the little girl she lost. With her life at a crossroads, she will leave San Francisco for a country thousands of miles away. And there, by the side of another sea, on a journey that has led her to another man and into a strange subculture of wanderers and surfers, Abby will make the most astounding discovery of all—as the truth of Emma’s disappearance unravels with stunning force.

A profoundly original novel of family, loss, and hope—of the choices we make and the choices made for us—The Year of Fog beguiles with the mysteries of time and memory even as it lays bare the deep and wondrous workings of the human heart. The result is a mesmerizing tour de force that will touch anyone who knows what it means to love a child.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Michelle Richmond's Golden State.

Fiction & Literature
March 27
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

heatherridesbikes ,

Even Better the Second Time

Love this book each time I read it. Michelle has a way of luring you into her story and entrancing you. Unfortunately, books end. However, I know that I will always look for books by Michelle!

oakwomanao ,

The Year of Fog

This book was hard to read but there was no way I was not going to keep reading. I don't know if this is what it truly feels like when this happens to your family, but it felt like it, and I hope that is as close as I ever get to finding out. And a realistic, but sad, ending to the best outcome of losing a child. I recommend this book.

Plastic barbie ,

The year of the fog

Greatest book ever read :).

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