About 20 years ago Efrem Sigel (Ivory Coast 1964–66) wrote me. He has been publishing short stories over the years, three of which were set in West Africa. He also raised a family, went to work, and kept thinking of writing a book. Well, he did and he his back with The Disappearance [Permanent Press 2/09] that right off the press received three excellent reviews in industry publications: a starred review and an interview in Publishers Weekly, Booklist (a key publication for libraries), and LibraryThing.com, a website for serious bookies. And it got an Indie Next Notable Book award from independent booksellers who belong to the American Booksellers Association.
In the February 9, 2009, People Magazine review, Sue Corbett wrote:
One idyllic summer day Joshua and Nathalie Sandler return from an errand in their Massachusetts hamlet to find their home empty. Their son Daniel, almost 14, has vanished. As anxious hours become hellish days and weeks, Nathalie, a cellist, withdraws while Joshua obsesses over suspects. Mystery turns the pages but it’s Sigel’s insights into the manifestations of grief that elevate this above most kid-gone-missing tales.”
You can catch Efrem reading from his book this month and next. He is going to be interviewed on WSBS (Great Barrington) on Feb. 18 and on WVOX (New Rochelle) on Feb. 25. He is reading and signing books at the Pelham Jewish Center, Feb. 15, at the New Rochelle Public Library on April 19 and at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, Great Barrington, later in the spring, and at a Berkshire bookstore during the summer. A podcast interview with him will be available in the second half of February at FascinatingAuthors.com. Meanwhile, check out Efrem’s website at EfremSigel.com