Tracking an Author: Joyce Johnson

One of Johnson’s later books, Missing Men: A Memoir, is considered a classic memoir about growing up female in the 1950s, and also chronicles her two unfortunate marriages. The story is both Johnson’s and her mother’s, and describes a life build around absent men. Like most of Johnson’s work, the book is compelling and unique, and captures yet another image of her New York life. It is one of the first in its genre: stories of minor characters in history. The cover of the book is haunting and completely perfect for the story it tells.

Missing Men: A Memoir was published in 2004 by Penguin Books

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