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“Revives the tall tale with remarkable grace and intelligence…delightful.” – Washington Post
“A mystical, wild adventure of a father and a son.” – Boston Globe
Winner of the New England Book Award
The Viking Press, 1977; paperback, Mariner Books, 2006
An exhilarating adventure tale, Disappearances is the incredible story of a young man named Wild Bill Bonhomme and his reckless, larger-than-life father, Quebec Bill, who set out to smuggle Canadian liquor into Prohibition-era Vermont. Desperate to keep their family farm afloat, the pari embark on a heroic whiskey-running mission in the bitter winter of 1932. On their epic journey through the wilderness, Bill and his father encounter a cast of unforgettable characters—and live out magical escapades as they carve their way into legend.
“Rollicking, boisterous, sprawling, [and] highly entertaining.” – Harper’s Magazine
“In its comedy, its dark fantasy, and its outrageous characters,Disappearances is delightful.” – Washington Post
“A remarkable and wonderful book.” – Christian Science Monitor