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Disappearances

Now a Major Motion Picture


About the Book

Winner of the New England Book Award, Disappearances, by Howard Frank Mosher, is both a heroic adventure and a thrilling coming-of-age story. Mosher, a house favorite, is a prolific writer, and Houghton Mifflin is proud to reissue his endearing first novel as a Mariner paperback (March 29, 2006).

Disappearances chronicles the efforts of Wild Bill Bonhomme and his larger-than-life father, Quebec Bill, to save the family farm. Desperate to raise money to preserve his endangered cattle herd at the end of a long winter, Quebec Bill resorts to the high-stakes world of whiskey smuggling, a traditional family occupation along the Vermont-Canada border in 1932. On an epic journey through the wilderness, the father and son encounter a cast of wild characters — and live out magical escapades as they carve their way into legend.

Mosher's long writing career has been inspired by the beauty and character of Vermont. In November 2005 his home state honored him with the Vermont Arts Council Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Disappearances is the compelling and delightful novel that kick-started Mosher's career. In April 2006 this classic American story will arrive on the big screen as a major motion picture from Kingdom County Productions. The movie stars Kris Kristofferson as Quebec Bill and is directed by Jay Craven.


About the Author

Howard Frank Mosher’s work has earned him the highest esteem of some of our most admired writers, including Richard Russo, Oscar Hijuelos, Richard Ford, and Frank McCourt, who has written that he’d "put Howard Mosher up on the pedestal I keep for Wallace Stegner, Frederick Turner, [and] Edward Hoagland."

Mosher is the author of eight novels, including Waiting for Teddy Williams (for Red Sox fans everywhere), The True Account (a fictional retelling of the Lewis and Clark expedition), and A Stranger in the Kingdom (winner of the New England Book Award). Mariner Books will reissue his first novel, Disappearances, this March. Mosher has also penned one work of nonfiction, North Country. Three of his novels (A Stranger in the Kingdom, Disappearances, and Where the Rivers Flow North) have been made into feature films.

Mosher has received a Guggenheim fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, the American Civil Liberties Union Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the New England Book Award.

A lifelong baseball fan and longtime player and coach, Mosher lives in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom with Phillis, his wife of nearly four decades and frequent muse. They have two children.



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