Jan 28, 2020
Nobody Is Ever Missing
Posted by Catherine Lacey

Without telling her family, Elyria takes a one way flight to New Zealand, abruptly leaving her stable but unfulfilling life in Manhattan As her husband scrambles to figure out what happened to her, Elyria hurtles into the unknown, testing fate by hitchhiking, tacitly being swept into the lives of strangers, and sleeping in fields, forests, and public parks Her risky andWithout telling her family, Elyria takes a one way flight to New Zealand, abruptly leaving her stable but unfulfilling life in Manhattan As her husband scrambles to figure out what happened to her, Elyria hurtles into the unknown, testing fate by hitchhiking, tacitly being swept into the lives of strangers, and sleeping in fields, forests, and public parks Her risky and often surreal encounters with the people and wildlife of New Zealand propel Elyria deeper into her deteriorating mind Haunted by her sister s death and consumed by an inner violence, her growing rage remains so expertly concealed that those who meet her sense nothing unwell This discord between her inner and outer reality leads her to another obsession If her truest self is invisible and unknowable to others, is she even alive The risks Elyria takes on her journey are paralleled by the risks Catherine Lacey takes on the page In urgent, spiraling prose she whittles away at the rage within Elyria and exposes the very real, very knowable anxiety of the human condition And yet somehow Lacey manages to poke fun at her unrelenting self consciousness, her high stakes search for the dark heart of the self In the spirit of Haruki Murakami and Amelia Gray, Nobody Is Ever Missing is full of mordant humor and uncanny insights, as Elyria waffles between obsession and numbness in the face of love, loss, danger, and self knowledge.

  • Title: Nobody Is Ever Missing
  • Author: Catherine Lacey
  • ISBN: 9780374534493
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nobody Is Ever Missing Without telling her family Elyria takes a one way flight to New Zealand abruptly leaving her stable but unfulfilling life in Manhattan As her husband scrambles to figure out what happened to her El


    I wish I could remember how I heard about this book. It must have been from a blog, orme list on , but I can't remember why on earth I thought I'd like it, besides the gorgeous cover art. It's more depressing than The Bell Jar. I'll say this, Catherine Lacey's debut novel went boldly into the spiral that is depressionI mean, really REALLY went there. The whole thing is very stream-of-consciousness - just like the mental verbal vomit that comes along with having a breakdown. In a literary sense, [...]


    CERCANDO DI STARE DA SOLAElyria ha quasi trent’anni e da sei è sposata con Charles, professore di matematica alla Columbia University. Lei è laureata e lavora per la CBS scrivendo sceneggiature di soap opera. Vivono nell’Upper West Side. Nessun problema di soldi, nessuno di salute.La mamma di lei è sempre ubriaca. Probabilmente c’entra qualcosa il marito, il padre di Elyria: e probabilmente Lacey lo scrive da qualche parte, ma o me lo sono perso o l’ho rimosso. Sarà andato via e lei [...]


    5+This is a startlingly good debut novel. The writing is crisp and assured and, in the rambling internal monologue narrative style, Lacey pulls off the sort of trick that most established writers couldn't hope to achieve. Elyria is the sort of character who speaks to a type of reader, a type of human being, and while she might infuriate some I think everyone needs to have respect, understanding, dare-I-say patience with Elyria and with any folks in the reader's life who might suffer similarly. T [...]


    i wanted to create a shelf for this one. i would have called "how-the-young'uns-write." but then i faltered. it seemed dismissive. maybe there is something slightly MFA-ish and a bit "trendy" about the way this book is written, but, really, this is beautiful, brave, and virtuoso writing, and it should be judged as its own writerly thing. elyria, the protagonist, is a very young 28 year old. she speaks (writes) in lulling run-ons that are often startling and beautiful, and sometimes so poetic and [...]

    Lindy Loo

    UPDATE: This book annoyed me in every which way. I hated the narrator and wanted to just smack her and tell her to get over herself already. And sorry, Catherine Lacey, but run-on sentences used to indicate a spiraling/disintegration of a person's mental state is like the oldest and most tiresome damn trick in the book. "Urgent, spiraling prose" my ass.Am still working on this but having a really hard time finding the narrator/main character anything but whiny and self-absorbed, which is making [...]

    switterbug (Betsey)

    “I was a human non sequitur—senseless and misplaced, a bad joke, a joke with no place to land.”This novel starts with a woman leaving home. You’ll like it if you can engage with the only main character, twenty-eight-year-old Elyria (named after a town in Ohio that her mother never visited). She abruptly leaves her comfortable life in Manhattan, and her job as a CBS soap opera writer, and her husband, a math professor. They had both experienced a similar tragedy that stripped their souls, [...]


    Oh wow I loved this book. And I'm not even entirely sure why. There isn't much plot there is really only one main character and she is annoying at times. She pretty much has everything but she walks away from it all without telling anyone where she is going. What follows is her journey to try and get back to herself. This book contains some of my favorite sentences and steam of consciousness paragraphs that I have ever read. This one won't be for everybody and it probably won't be on a lot of be [...]

    Jessica Sullivan

    I've never read Eat, Pray, Love (and have no desire to), but I get the feeling this book is sort of the antithesis of it and other feel-good books about women finding themselves.Without telling anyone, Elyria abruptly leaves her husband and her normal Manhattan life behind, traveling across the world to New Zealand to escape and isolate herself from the monotony and melancholy she has grown to resent, as well as her unresolved grief following her sister's suicide. In New Zealand, she engages in [...]


    beautiful, poetical, introspective, sad but also laughable. I felt so sorry for Elyria. But the style in which everything is told, is sometimes so funny and at the point that it makes you see the self-relevation of Elyria. Nothing is perfect and we have to accept things as they come.


    The woman started laughing and laughing and laughing so much I felt like I had to laugh, too, so I did and then I realized we were laughing at how her husband was dead, which really didn’t seem so funny, and I think we realized that at the same time, and we both stopped laughing and there was that deeply quiet moment after two people have laughed too much and we let that quiet moment stay for the rest of the drive. During that silence I thought of that night when my husband and I were having o [...]


    It's doubtful I could convince anyone that a downer like Catherine Lacey's Nobody Is Ever Missing is worth reading, even if I compare it to a similar, better-received (i.e. higher GR average rating) novel like Jenny Offill's dour artsy pastiche of marital/maternal dissatisfaction, Dept. of Speculation. While most of my friends (and critics "in the know") praised the stream of consciousness random poetic stylings of Dept, I could barely tolerate it, partly because of its icy remove, partly becaus [...]

    T.D. Whittle

    This is a real love-it-or-hate-it kind of book, and I could go into all the reasons why I fall on the love side but instead, I'll just say that I began reading after dinner and did not stop until I'd finished at one a.m. I would like to add one complaint, though, that is not about the book but about some readers' reviews. This book is not a straightforward coming-of-age tale and some of the condescending comments made about young people grousing on about young people concerns and such nonsense t [...]

    Nellie Airoldi

    Nessuno scompare davvero finché abbiamo in testa tutti quei momenti che ci legano alle persone più care (o più odiate). Un poco banale, forse, ma decisamente l’unica costante della nostra vita dove è difficile, però, accettare che i ricordi più belli siano, ovviamente, i primi a essere destinati all’oblio mentre quelli brutti, quelli che dovrebbero subito finire nel dimenticatoio, siano quelli che restano e continuano a roderci il fegato e frantumarci il cuore.justanotherpoint.wordpres [...]

    Mary Meghan

    I wanted to like this book so much. Once I got used to the stream of consciousness writing and excessively long run-on sentences, I really appreciated the color of the writing. Certain aspects of the writing were beautiful. However, the plot leaves much to be desired. I kept waiting for something to happen. But nothing ever really happened.

    Nate Erickson

    Getting old sucks. Getting old sucks, like, a lot. Not only do we all get uglier, fatter, we also tend to start losing “ourselves”. Turning 25 this year, I was scared shitless. “Who am I?” “What am I doing?” “Where am I going?” were just a few of the questions I found myself contemplating, so upon reading the summary for Catherine Lacey’s debut novel Nobody is Ever Missing, I couldn’t help but make it my next read.Elyria is a twenty-eight-year-old soap opera writer from Manha [...]


    I didn't think books like this were written anymore.

    Chris Blocker

    I wasn't feeling the love through much of Nobody Is Ever Missing. I thought the premise of Catherine Lacey's debut novel sounded enthralling, but the story was anything but. Without telling her family, our protagonist, Elyria, journeys half way around the world and wanders New Zealand. The potential for character development and crafting a beautiful setting was certainly there, but much of the novel takes place in flashbacks of Elyria's past. I was disappointed, trudging slowly through the novel [...]

    Kevin Fanning

    Like it says on the cover, a woman leaves her husband without explanation and flies to New Zealand.Throughout this I found myself comparing Elyria, the main character, to Mireille, the main character in Roxane Gay’s An Untamed State. Their circumstances aren’t exactly alike, but they’re both women suffering from trauma, and they both must run away from their lives in hopes of finding themselves again.Elyria runs away from her husband and ends up in New Zealand, at the home of some guy she [...]


    This is a huge book and one I've personally recommended to multiple people already in addition to the blurb. I mailed the galley to my friend and regret doing this because now I miss it. The summative blurb: "This book lives and breathes. It is a squall and Catherine Lacey is a force."


    As soon as I finished this book I wanted to curl up in a ball and cry, though not in a despairing kind of way. More like a cathartic kind of way--an intense sobbing episode that seems to come from nowhere but is exactly what you need to release a slow build-up of pent up stress and emotion. I had never heard of Catherine Lacey before (this is her first novel but she's had short works published) but I trust the FSG originals brand and the book was also on the staff recommended shelf at the Powell [...]

    Cyndi Lu

    Not sure what to think of this book. The first person narration was hard to follow at times as the sentences became more unstable to mirror the unhinging of the main character's mind. There is no clear reason for its unhinging--an absent father, an emotionally absent alcoholic mother, an adopted sister who committed suicide, a husband as damaged as the main character. She leaves her life for a new country, not seeking anything in particular. She meets people who she can't connect with and who do [...]


    wow wow wow wow so beautifully writtenas someone who suffers with severe depression, being in the narrator's head was a lot like being in my own head in a way that was both comforting and scary. i will definitely come back and read certain parts of this book again and again.


    „Niemand verschwindet einfach so“ ist das in Amerika sehr gefeierte Debüt der Autorin Catherine Lacey, das einen unweigerlich mit sich zieht, in einen bestialischen Strudel aus Melancholie, Verstörung und Depressionen. Ich hatte eine ähnliche Geschichte wie in „Eine englische Ehe“ von Claire Fuller erwartet und auch wenn es einige Parallelen gab, ist dieser Roman doch um ein Wesentliches düsterer und ernüchternder als der eben genannte.Elyria ist Ende 20, mit einem älteren Mann, de [...]


    Capita davvero raramente che io compri un libro solo perché attratta dalla copertina, ma questa volta, dopo aver rimandato per un annetto, non ho resistito.Nel complesso posso ritenermi soddisfatta: ho trovato raffigurati alla perfezione la depressione, la sua mancanza di stimoli, l'indifferenza verso qualsiasi cosa, il desiderio di fuga e di allontanarsi da problemi non risolvibili con un po' di buona volontà e talmente insormontabili da doversi arrendere ad essi, il lasciarsi trasportare dal [...]


    Elyria, the 28 year-old protagonist, can't seem to get past a major loss she has suffered. She's an anxious woman and this shows up in her run-on sentences. Her head generally leads her down a dark road. Her affect always appears flat, even when she's thinking murderous thoughts. I felt like Elyria was the part of us that we close off. It's so much easier to go through life not thinking about the bad stuff all around us. And that your life can change in the blink of an eye. Who wants to dwell on [...]


    2.5 starsThe rating is entirely for the writing style, because Catherine Lacey is such a talented writer she should be praised for it. The rest of the novel lacked of memorability.If you like stream of consciousness you're going to enjoy this but keep in mind that everything else was missing or not completely developed & it's a shame because I could see so much potential in her words.


    Quite possibly the best debut novel I've read in an age. Lacey has a novelist's sense of scope and a poet's attention to language and detail. A thrilling combination. (It doesn't hurt that the title is a Berryman allusion, either)


    I read this in under 24 hours and I loved every minute of it.

    Postcards from far away

    Introspettivo Forse troppo.Questo è un viaggio (anche letteralmente se vogliamo guardare la trama del libro) attraverso i pensieri di Elyria che, per sua decisione, si lascia dietro tutto e tutti e inizia un viaggio on the road verso la Nuova Zelanda. Non ha uno scopo questo viaggio se non quello, appunto, di allontanarsi da tutta la sua routine: il lavoro, il marito, la sua casa, sua mamma sempre un po' troppo sbronza, un papà assente e la morte suicida della sorella adottiva coreana Ruby che [...]

    Emma Makes

    A dreamy narrative of a book, which at the outset was compelling and a fast read. However, it too quickly became repetitive and sometimes annoying without any real substance to it. The story charts one woman’s battle with depression – although less a battle than a casting through life hoping something or someone will give her the structure she need's to sort herself out. It’s very focused on Elyrie (the narrator) who I think wanted to be more profound than she was. Classic example – towa [...]

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