award-winning flash fiction collection
winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition at Black Lawrence Press
one of "Our Favorite 2017 Small Press Short Story Collections (Plus a Few Others)" at Paper Darts
one of the "Best Books of 2017: Staff Picks" at The Coil
#9 Fiction Bestseller List (Sept.-Oct. 2017) at Small Press Distribution
The Missing Girl
Order from Black Lawrence Press HERE, or from your local indie bookstore,
or from Small Press Distribution HERE, or from Amazon HERE,
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Books on B on B Street in Hayward
Pioneer Bookstore, California State University East Bay, Hayward
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Praise for The Missing Girl:
“In these dark and edgy stories, Jacqueline Doyle has made a dispassionate study of the degradation of girls and the twisted hearts of those who harm them. Most chilling is the ease with which these characters fall prey to violence and how quickly depravity finds its way past the surface of ordinary situations. Prepare to be very disturbed."
Elizabeth McKenzie, author of MacGregor Tells the World
and The Portable Veblen (2016 National Book
“Full of sex, lies, and vivid insights into the human compulsion to do the wrong thing, these stories go down easy but hit hard. A powerful and provocative collection."
Frances Lefkowitz, author of To Have Not
“Jacqueline Doyle knows where you live. The stories in her collection, The Missing Girl, have your address and even after the first read (and you will be back, she knows that), these stories will be moving in to stay. Whatever your usual role in a culture with an undeniable instinct for violence, Doyle's writing lures you to do more than dismiss it, more than abhor it, and yet this isn't a welcome to merely spectate, there is nothing gratuitous here unless life itself is gratuitous. In fact, Doyle has found the thread through that menace that surrounds us and is in us and is calling you in to hold onto your bit of it, to witness. Here, Doyle choreographs the everyday dance between safety and terror, between taking the chances we need to live and not living at all. The Missing Girl is a masterful work and a must read.”
Tupelo Hassman, author of girlchild
“Dark, haunting, relevant, cohesive, and incredibly well conceived. I absolutely loved The Missing Girl."
Simone Muench, author of Orange Crush and Wolf Centos
“Terror slips into the banal glimpses of everyday life—it creeps into the spaces not yet thought to be filled. … Flash form commands the ‘white space’ in this lyrical chapbook.”
Sarah Batcheller, review in
Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art
"These disturbing and powerfully-written stories together make a cohesive statement about the vulnerability of women in our society. I could not put this book down."
Jayne Martin, author of Suitable for Giving
"Well of course this is excellent. My only complaint is that I wanted more. Never mind, lucky readers. There are heaps of Jacqueline Doyle stories out in the world."
Kathy Fish, author of Rift and Together We Can Bury It
"This collection is mesmerizing and unforgettable! DAMN! GET A COPY!"
Meg Tuite, author of Meet My Haze and Bound By Blue
"Just read an advance copy of The Missing Girl and it's stunning inside and out. Get it when you can!"
James Tate Hill, author of Academy Gothic
and editor of Monkeybicycle
“Winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition through Black Lawrence Press, The Missing Girl draws us into the seedy darkness of everyday life in small bursts of haunting prose as Doyle forces us to consider being both the hunter and the hunted. … Open a news site or even your Facebook feed, and there is a good chance you’ll see a headline mirroring these events. But it’s this close emotional proximity that makes the stories in The Missing Girl important, timely, and deserved of readers’ attention. … Doyle reminds us of the importance of listening to these stories—both hers and those echoing #MeToo around us.”
Katy Haas, review in New Pages
"Like 'Nola's' narrator, readers of The Missing Girl can expect to find themselves haunted by these stories for days after they set the chapbook down."
Wesley Cohen, review in The East Bay Review
"Doyle's genius is that through her flash fiction pieces, she relies on our societal knowledge to fill in the blanks of her finely drawn bits of terror."
Elizabeth DiPietro, review in Glassworks
"This book, dedicated to missing girls, shows the expansive power of condensed fiction. …The truth often hides in the spaces these eight short-short stories exclude. … These girls remain missing, but Doyle finds their stories. It’s twenty-eight pages you might read in one sitting, but will never forget."
Al Kratz, "Best Books of 2017," The Coil
"A haunting collection, its prose is clear and direct, with exquisite tension. … Doyle’s flash fiction answers the question how much can you leave out and still have a viable story? Each story is stripped to its skeleton, but it’s not just a pile of bones; rather there’s gristle and bits of jagged flesh. … Exceedingly timely in this #metoo revolution, The Missing Girl gives voice to eight women and girls who can’t—or can’t bring themselves to—tell their own stories. … The Missing Girl truly puts the reader in the headspace of people on the razor’s edge of horror. It’s a great study on flash fiction as a form, as well as social commentary on women as prey in our society."
Lara Lillbridge, review in Mom Egg Review
"I read this chapbook recently and I’m still reeling. I was struck by how these stories poke around fearlessly in the darkest of corners. Each flash explores the world of the missing from different perspectives, from victim to onlooker to perpetrator. 'Nola,' originally published in Monkeybicycle, was a stand-out story for me."
Emily Devane, interview with Tommy Dean
"This is a powerful collection, with razor sharp stories that linger."
Emily Devane, review of The Missing Girl, Short Fiction in
Theory and Practice, vol. 8, nos. 1&2 (2018)
"Too often, violence against women is rendered as an act of nameless repetition. In beautiful yet economical prose, Doyle takes the haziness of 'nights like that, with boys like that' and imbues each scene and story with horrifying specificity. Women receive names, wills, bodies, and desires, even as Doyle charts their absence. The result is hard to read, perhaps, but harder to put down.
Zoë Ballering, “Naming Names: A Review of Jacqueline Doyle’s
The Missing Girl,” Bellingham Review (March 26, 2019)
"You can read this chapbook of line-perfect flash in one breathless night, or you can read it over and over, as I have. … This collection challenges us to define what we mean by "missing": should we be concerned about literal disappearance or the ways girls lose huge chunks of themselves under violent misogyny?“
Jan Stinchcomb, "Our Favorite 2017 Small Press Short Story
Collections (Plus a Few Others)," Paper Darts
Interviews, Media, and Reviews
Zoë Ballering, “Naming Names: A Review of Jacqueline Doyle’s The Missing Girl,”
Bellingham Review (March 26, 2019)
Emily Devane, review of The Missing Girl, Short Fiction in Theory and Practice, vol. 8, nos. 1&2 (2018)
Mini-Interview with Dan Wickett (December 26, 2018)
Elizabeth DiPietro, review of The Missing Girl, Glassworks (May 1, 2018)
Jan Stinchcomb and Alyssa Bluhm,
"Our Favorite 2017 Small Press Short Story Collections (Plus a Few Others)," Paper Darts
Lara Lillibridge, review of The Missing Girl, Mom Egg Review (December 13, 2017)
Al Kratz, "The Best Books of 2017: Staff Picks," The Coil
Mini-Interview with Tommy Dean (December 11, 2017)
#9, Fiction Bestseller List (September-October 2017), Small Press Distribution
Authors Talk Podcast, Superstition Review (October 31, 2017)
Katy Haas, review of The Missing Girl, New Pages (November 1, 2017)
William Woolfitt, interview, Speaking of Marvels (July 2017)
Sarah Batcheller, review of The Missing Girl, Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art (September 2017)
Wesley Cohen, review of The Missing Girl, The East Bay Review (October 2017)
Lynn Mundell, interview, 100 Word Story (October 2016)