Missing Men

Missing Men

A Memoir

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Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781440626630
  • 288 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


Joyce Johnson’s classic memoir of growing up female in the 1950s, Minor Characters, was one of the initiators of an important new genre: the personal story of a minor player on history’s stage. In Missing Men, a memoir that tells her mother’s story as well as her own, Johnson constructs an equally unique self-portrait as she examines, from a woman’s perspective, the far-reaching reverberations of fatherlessness. Telling a story that has “shaped itself around absences,” Missing Men presents us with the arc and flavor of a unique New York life—from the author’s adventures as a Broadway stage child to her fateful encounters with the two fatherless artists she marries. Joyce Johnson’s voice has never been more compelling.


“Perceptive, engaging…. A memoir of easy grace and lively intelligence, filled with striking portraits of individuals, a time, and a place.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A big-hearted, commonsensical, thoroughly adult book.” —The Washington Post

“A memoir to savor, shot through with rueful humor and haunting compassion.” —Phillip Lopate