Available June 2018
A hit-and- run accident on an empty road pulls a young girl’s family apart. With the disappearance of her father from Chicago, Mona’s task is to make herself whole while holding on to her little sister, her mother and her secret memories. The Great Recession has begun and the only work Mona’s mother, Liz, can find is doing trashouts—cleaning out foreclosed homes. Traveling to Florida, Richard seeks shelter with an uncle from the carnival world. Mona is the photographer, recording a world in decline. This is a novel with diverse characters, told in two alternating voices. When We Disappear is a story about the cost of silence, the sustaining power of art, and one moment that changes many lives.