Brookline parents Elizabeth and Henry Furey are shattered when their fifteen-year-old son Hugh inexplicably goes missing. Their other children Lena and Owen are forgotten in the catastrophe of Hugh. Visible tells the story of this dysfunctional family with warmth and grace. Mom goes into coma mode for three years and then decides to return to school for medicine. Dad sets up and organizes an incredible search for his missing son. Eventually he is let go from his college teaching job. The kids are left to fend for themselves. Lena goes punk, dresses like a boy in a search for her brother. Owen suffers serious bullying after his best friend’s mother catches the two boys in a compromising act.
Visible is a well written novel with lots to say about pain and family dynamics.