Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux BfYR
Pub Date: September 16th 2014
Format: Hardcover | Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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When high school junior Tommy Smythe goes missing, everyone has a theory about what happened to him. He was an odd kid, often deeply involved in particle physics, so maybe he just got distracted and wandered off. He was last seen at a pullout off the highway, so maybe someone snatched him. Tommy believes that everything is possible, and that until something can be proven false, it may be true. So as long as Tommy’s whereabouts are undetermined, he could literally be anywhere.
Told in a series of first-person narratives from people who knew Tommy, Evidence of Things Not Seen by award-winning author Lindsey Lane explores themes of loneliness, connectedness, and the role we play in creating our own realities.
I love author guest posts, but I LOVE LOVE it when it’s about the music, be it playlists or soundtracks. Thank you, Lindsey, for sharing your playlist with us!
Thank you so much for hosting me at Gone with the Words. I will try to keep this intro as brief as possible.
I don’t listen to music while I am writing but I do hear music in my head. Throughout the writing of EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN, I heard Ry Cooder’s guitar. Specifically, I heard the twanging, meandering guitar he plays in the soundtrack to the film Paris, Texas. Then I have to say that Terry Allen was a big influence because his songs sound like the big open spaces of Texas but then he focuses the little stories. Check out his CD Pedal Steal. It’s one 35-minute song. He calls it a soundtrack for a dance. EVIDENCE is a mix of those wide-open spaces and little stories.
After that, certain songs heard at odd times put me in mind of certain characters:
Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Lenny, Texas Flood, Little Wing
Bob Dylan and Johnnie Cash: Girl From the North Country
Robert Johnson: Cross Road Blues
Willie Nelson: Pancho and Lefty, Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground,
Little Feat: Roll Um Easy
Bonnie Raitt and John PRine: Angel from Montgomery
James McMurtry: Where’s Johnny
Lyle Lovett-The Waltzing Fool, You Can’t Resist it, Closing Time, Road to Ensenada
Eliza Gilkyson: Hard Times in Babylon
Jimmy Dale Gilmore: Dallas (not on Spotify)
Shawn Colvin: Leaving Las Vegas (not on Spotify)
One final note, so to speak: When I was in college, I drove from Massachusetts to Wisconsin, often in the middle of the night, often caffeine-crazed. In a way, EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN was born in those driving hours when the present moment of driving contains only memory and anticipation and the drive itself seems as if it happens outside the space-time continuum. Tommy Smythe, the boy who goes missing in EVIDENCE and who is a particle physics geek, would totally get that idea.
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