Thin Air: A Novel

Open Road Media
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Set on a farm on Ireland’s West Coast, this gripping novel by Kate Thompson revolves around a missing teenager—and the shattering effect of her disappearance upon her family and friends
Nineteen-year-old Martina Keane has vanished, seemingly into thin air. She rode off one morning, and her horse, Specks, came home without her. Martina’s father, Gerard, soon falls under suspicion, and her mother, Brigid, finds she must reevaluate her narrow, materialist existence. With their world turned upside down and their parents emotionally absent, Martina’s teenaged brother, Joseph, and their younger sister, Aine, are left to deal with the disaster in their own, very different ways. Set on the borderlines of the modern and the traditional, the material and the mythical, Thin Air is the story of a family coming apart at the seams . . . and coming together again.   
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About the author

Kate Thompson (b. 1956) is an award-winning British-Irish author of adult and children’s fiction. She is best known for her young adult fantasy novels, which include the Switchers Trilogy: Switchers, Midnight’s Choice, and Wild Blood. She has won the Whitbread/Costa Children’s Book Award and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, and has been awarded the Children’s Books Ireland (CBI) Book of the Year Award four times. Thompson lives on the west coast of Ireland.  
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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
Jul 16, 2013
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Pages
278
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ISBN
9781480424180
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Family Life / General
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
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