The women in these
stories operate in a world where their voices are not
heard, and are navigating prickly paths, doing what they
can to survive.
A new mother is bewildered when her house appears to
belong to a stranger; a young artist must look past
stereotypes to what really matters; a filmmaker visiting
a childhood friend with dementia realizes how quickly
shared history vanishes; an isolated young woman forms a
manipulative friendship with a mother whose daughter has
died; a middle-aged offce manager discovers she isn’t
central in the lives of her adoring young male
employees. These women’s lives highlight the difficulty
of honing a strong identity in a culture that
consistently devalues women.
of the 2018 Leapfrog Fiction Contest.
“Sophisticated, bright with
promise. . . . If a writer’s job is to make the unseen
visible, these stories are flashlights, illuminating the
subtle, enormous tragedies we humans encounter every
day.” —Marie-Helene Bertino
“Vanishing is moving, sharp, and unforgettable, and Cai
Emmons is a writer at the top of her game.” —Lysley
Tenorio, author of Monstress
“These five accomplished
stories delicately probe the spaces left by loss—and the
surprising new life that emerges in its wake. An
unsettling, moving, and beautiful collection.” —Kirstin
Valdez Quade, author of Night at the Fiestas
Praise for Cai Emmons’s novels
“Gripping. Brings home the
power and terror of maternal love.” —O
“Emmons . . . has an eye for the grating intimacy of
small-town life and a fine
ear for suggestive metaphors.
. . . Unusual and memorable.” —The Economist
“Lovely writing. . . .
Emmons’s emphasis is on her characters, and she draws
them well.” —Seattle Times
“Emmons’s potent novel
features magnetic characters and complex and compelling