The Local News

The Local News

A Novel

Book - 2009
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A deeply moving story of the complicated bond between brother and sister "Going missing was the only interesting thing my brother had ever done." Even a decade later, the memories of the year Lydia Pasternak turned sixteen continue to haunt her. As a teenager, Lydia lived in her older brother's shadow. While Danny's athletic skills and good looks established his place with the popular set at school, Lydia's smarts relegated her to the sidelines, where she rolled her eyes at her brother and his meathead friends and suffered his casual cruelty with resigned bewilderment. Though a part of her secretly wished for a return of the easy friendship she and Danny shared as children, another part of her wished Danny would just vanish. And then, one night, he did. In the year following Danny Pasternak's disappearance, his parents go off the rails, his town buzzes with self-indulgent mourning, and his little sister Lydia finds herself thrust into unwanted celebrity, forced to negotiate her ambivalent--often grudging--grief for a brother she did not particularly like. Suddenly embraced by Danny's old crowd, forgotten by her parents, and drawn into the missing person investigation by her family's intriguing private eye, Lydia both blossoms and struggles to find herself during Danny's absence. But when a trail of clues leads to a shocking outcome in her brother's case, the teenaged Lydia and the adult she will become are irrevocably changed, even now as she reluctantly prepares to return to her hometown. Relentlessly gripping, often funny, and profoundly moving,The Local Newsis a powerful exploration of the fraught relationship between a brother and sister and how our siblings define who we are.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2009.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385527613
Branch Call Number: GERSHOW
Characteristics: 360 pages ; 25 cm.


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AD_Library Aug 08, 2009

This debut novel comes from the pen of a very moving and talented writer. In this story, we meet Lydia Pasternak, a fifteen-year-old high school student whose brother, Danny, has gone missing. The story follows Lydia’s journey as she struggles to find a way to properly grieve for the brother she never really liked and find herself in his absence. Her parents are detached, her friendships at school are lopsided and Lydia is ripe for obsession when a new Detective comes to handle her brother’s case. But what follows is a desperate search to figure out hidden clues and sort through the madness that comes when what is found is not what Lydia was looking for. Sad and dynamic in it’s struggle, Lydia’s journey will stay will readers for a long time.
Four and a half stars (out of five).


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