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WHAT IS MISSING

Michael Frank

  • Original Title: WHAT IS MISSING
  • Publication date: October 2019
  • Publisher: FARRAR, STRAUSS AND GIROUX
  • Country: US
  • 320 print pages
  • Drama

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Italy, United States
  • Themes: FAMILY, Couple, Dysfunctional family, Separation, Maternity, Paternity, Family secrets, Filiation, Mourning, PEOPLE facing life, Identity crisis, Coming of age, LOVE / HATE, Love triangle, Amorous urge

Pitch

A family drama about a father, a son, and the woman they both love. Costanza, an Italian-American translator, thinks she's made peace with her childlessness. A year after the death of her husband, she returns to Florence, where she meets a sensitive 17-year-old, and his father, a charismatic physician who specializes in reproductive medicine.

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Michael Frank is an American writer. His short fiction and essays have appeared in The Yale Review, Salmagundi, Glimmer Train, The New York Times Magazine, and Tablet among other places. He is the author of THE MIGHTY FRANKS, the winner of the 2018 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.

Summary

A psychological family drama about a father, a son, and the woman they both love.

Costanza Ansaldo, a half-Italian and half-American translator, is convinced that she has made peace with her childlessness. A year after the death of her husband, an eminent writer, she returns to the pensione in Florence where she spent many happy times in her youth, and there she meets, first, Andrew Weissman, an acutely sensitive seventeen-year-old, and, soon afterwards, his father, Henry Weissman, a charismatic New York physician who specializes in - as it happens - reproductive medicine.

With three lives each marked by heartbreak and absence - of a child, a parent, a partner, or a clear sense of identity - WHAT IS MISSING offers Costanza, Andrew, and Henry the opportunity to make themselves whole when the triangle resumes three months later in New York, where the relationships among them turn and tighten with combustive effects that cut to the core of what it means to be a father, a son, and - for Costanza - a potential mother.

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    Michael Frank is an American writer. His short fiction and essays have appeared in The Yale Review, Salmagundi, Glimmer Train, The New York Times Magazine, and Tablet among other places. He is the author of THE MIGHTY FRANKS, the winner of the 2018 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. He lives with his family in New York City and Liguria, Italy.