Daniel Fierman
March 09, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Boy Still Missing

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
John Searles
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B-

In his spare, almost hypnotic debut, Cosmopolitan books editor Searles introduces Dominick Pindle, a blue-collar 1970s kid growing up in a Massachusetts town so lousy it’s called Holedo. The sullen teen skulks about, stealing money, plumbing the mysteries of his shattered family, and becoming a kind of poltergeist who floats into the lives of others, wreaks havoc, and disappears. But when his mother dies after a botched abortion, Pindle begins to degenerate more seriously, and Searles’ previously mesmerizing prose — at its best, the literary equivalent of a Wong Kar-wai film — begins to falter. As the plot spins into absurdity and the novel’s carefully constructed credibility goes out the window, you’ll feel so betrayed you’ll almost want to skip his next book. Almost. B-

You May Like

Comments

EDIT POST