A girl's disappearance rocks a community and a family in this stirring examination of grief, faith, justice, and the atrocities of war from Joyce Carol Oates (following her Bram Stoker Award–winning story collection Black Dahlia and White Rose). Zeno Mayfield's daughter has vanished into the wilds of the Adirondacks, and soon an unlikely suspect is implicated—a decorated Iraq War veteran engaged to marry Zeno's other daughter. Oates plunges into the psyche of a wounded young corporal haunted by horrific acts of wartime aggression, while unraveling the story of a disaffected young woman whose exile from her family may have come long before her disappearance.
"Oates shows how perilous it is to assign guilt, and how hard it is to draw the line between victim and perpetrator in a blurred moral landscape in which every crime, on the battlefield or on the home front, is a crime of conscience."—NYTBR