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Missing Men: A Memoir

por Joyce Johnson

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Joyce Johnson’s classic Minor Charactersis valued not only for its portrayal of her relationship with Jack Kerouac but also for its stunning evocation of what it meant to grow up female in the 1950s. In Missing Men, Johnson gives us an even more revelatory self-portrait as she examines—from a unique woman’s perspective—the far-reaching reverberations of fatherlessness.Born in 1935, she was an orphan’s daughter, named for her grandfather, an immigrant poet from Warsaw who killed himself when her mother was only five. Johnson would marry two artists who were also fatherless. James Johnson died in a motorcycle accident, making her a widow at twenty-seven. Peter Pinchbeck, obsessed with reinventing abstract painting, was unable to commit himself to marriage and fatherhood. Telling a compelling story that has “shaped itself around absences,” Missing Menpresents us with the arc and the flavor of a unique New York life—from the author’s adventures as a Broadway stage child managed by her implacable mother to the fateful encounters that later brought her love and ultimately left her to make her way alone as an artist in her own right.… (mais)
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If you enjoyed MINOR CHARACTERS, Joyce Johnson's award-winning memoir of her two year relationship with Jack Kerouac, then you might like MISSING MEN too. It offers an overview of the rest of her life, including her offbeat childhood trying to make it as a child actress, with her mother's avid support. (Her father, a meek little man, not so much.) She also gives a brief look at her Jewish immigrant grandparents. But mostly the book is about her life after Kerouac, writing and working in the publishing business as an editor and supporting two husbands, both artists. The first died in a motorcycle crash. The second gave her a child, then they drifted apart and divorced, but they remained cautious friends until his death years later. I found the book mildly entertaining, and also informative about the artsy set in Greenwich Village and SoHo in the 60s and 70s. Johnson is a very capable writer. An enjoyable read.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER ( )
  TimBazzett | Oct 15, 2020 |
i don't understand the less than enthusiastic ratings of other readers. i loved this and her other book minor characters. the missing men are her father who chose not or was unable to join the strong relationship joyce had with her mother as a child, jack johnson, joyce's first husband who seems lovable but manic and died before their love could wane--she has kept his name, and peter pinchbeck(great name!), her second husband and father of their only child, an artist who was never recognized and was very difficult. she kept him in their son's life after they divorced and they always remained friends. ( )
  mahallett | Sep 4, 2013 |
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Joyce Johnson’s classic Minor Charactersis valued not only for its portrayal of her relationship with Jack Kerouac but also for its stunning evocation of what it meant to grow up female in the 1950s. In Missing Men, Johnson gives us an even more revelatory self-portrait as she examines—from a unique woman’s perspective—the far-reaching reverberations of fatherlessness.Born in 1935, she was an orphan’s daughter, named for her grandfather, an immigrant poet from Warsaw who killed himself when her mother was only five. Johnson would marry two artists who were also fatherless. James Johnson died in a motorcycle accident, making her a widow at twenty-seven. Peter Pinchbeck, obsessed with reinventing abstract painting, was unable to commit himself to marriage and fatherhood. Telling a compelling story that has “shaped itself around absences,” Missing Menpresents us with the arc and the flavor of a unique New York life—from the author’s adventures as a Broadway stage child managed by her implacable mother to the fateful encounters that later brought her love and ultimately left her to make her way alone as an artist in her own right.

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