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Gudenkauf's first novel narrates child abduction in cold, chiseled strokes. Since the eyewitness to the crime is mute, the adult characters must patch together clues that lead them to the lost girl. Fearing the worst, a search then begins for the girl, and Gudenkauf explores total despair. In the end, the reader discovers a deeply biblical narrative of powerlessness and entrapment, which are defeated by the relentless love of a rescuer. (Mira)

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