Jimmy is missing. This kind of stuff isn’t supposed to happen in the small town of Waltham, Mass.
It was the 1950′s and Ava Lark, recently divorced from her husband, moved to the safe and quiet town of Waltham with her young son Lewis. Ava is Jewish, divorced and sexy making her an immediate outcast with the women of Waltham (who are holding onto their husbands a little tighter now). Presumably, Ava was the last person to see Jimmy before he vanished.
Lewis is an intelligent and quiet boy whose best friends are Jimmy and Jimmy’s older sister, Rose. They called themselves the Three Mouseketeers. And they were, until that spring day in 1956 when Lewis and Rose were supposed to meet Jimmy, and they didn’t. And Jimmy never came home.
This one incident, Jimmy’s disappearance, changes the lives of so many. As this heart wrenching story unfolds, the devastating ripples of this event spread far.
Caroline Leavitt is a master character builder. And she stays true to the characters. You feel the pain of all of those who are affected by Jimmy’s disappearance. And as years pass by for these characters, even though their lives go on, they are always rooted in that pain of the day that sweet young boy vanished. More than a book about the mystery surrounding the disappearance, this story is a character driven novel eloquently told.
As always, thank you Maryellen for a wonderful review!
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