Lydia's brother disappeared one evening without trace. The Local News explores the feelings of loss experienced by Lydia's parents, by her brother's friends and most importantly, the feelings of Lydia herself. Gershow combines a tale of loss with a tale of teenage growth. It's a bittersweet tale, but thanks to the author's knack for storytelling, it is never overwhelming.
The story is told from Lydia's viewpoint and we track her emotions as she comes to terms with the loss of her once-nice, now jock brother. She becomes infatuated with a private detective hired by her parents and deals with the unwanted attention of a male friend. It's a story of teenage years shadowed by a terrible loss.
I devoured this novel due to it's simple tale and excellent storytelling. Well recommended.