Efrem Sigel

Efrem Sigel

My latest novel, "The Disappearance" (The Permanent Press), came out in 2009--only 36 years after my first novel, "The Kermanshah Transfer" (Macmillan). Why so long between novels? The short answer is that I got involved in three newsletter publishing companies, two of which I started, and along the way I wrote hundreds of periodical articles, scores of business reports and five nonfiction books about media and communications technology. I always knew I'd go back to fiction, however, and in the late 90s I began writing short stories, and publishing them (20 so far) in various literary journals. Soon thereafter, I began work in earnest on an idea that had intrigued me for years: the disappearance of a teenage boy from his family's vacation home in Western Massachusetts. It's an idea that came to me while standing in front of such a home, on a flawless August day, in a tiny hamlet in Western Massachusetts--the kind of place where nothing every happens. It was the juxtaposition between this idyllic setting and this awful event that provided the central tension in "The Disappearance" and that drove me to complete the book. I grew up in Staten Island, NY, graduated from Curtis High School, then from Harvard College. After college I volunteered for the Peace Corps, serving two years as a teacher of English in the Ivory Coast. That experience and setting have formed the backdrop for several of my published short stories, including one entitled "Let There Be Light," a prizewinner in a national short story competition. I'm married to Frederica Evan and we have two sons, Jonathan and Matthew, and two grandsons, Noah and Reuben.

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