The Disappeareda best seller in Canada and short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prizeis a fiercely beautiful love story for the ages. In this searing and courageous novel, Kim Echlin traces one woman’s three-decades-long journey from the peaceful streets of Montreal to the humid, war-torn villages of Cambodia, as a brief affair turns into a grand passion of loss and remembrance, set against one of the most brutal genocides of the twentieth century.
Anne Greves is sixteen years old when she first meets Serey, a Cambodian student and musician forced by his family to leave his country during the rise of the Khmer Rouge regime. Swept up in the fury and infatuation of first love, Anne rebels against her father’s wishes and embraces her relationship with Serey in the smoky jazz clubs of Montreal and in his cramped yellow bedroom. But then the borders of Cambodia are reopened and Serey must risk his life to return home, alone, in search of his family. A decade later, Anne will travel halfway around the world to find him, and to save their relationship from the same tragic forces that first brought them together.
In prose that is both tender and charged, Kim Echlin challenges our notions of how to both claim the past and move on after insufferable loss. Part elegy, part love letter, part call to arms, The Disappeared is a soaring tribute to all those who have vanished in the violent conflicts throughout our history.