This work talks about a woman's heartrending search for her sister. Advancing with the suspense and deft reportage of the true-crime genre and fueled by the poignancy of a literary memoir, ""Finding Susan"" is Molly Hurley Moran's pointed exploration of the disappearance of her sister and her family's descent into the surreal world of psychics and detectives they once dismissed as the stuff of Lifetime movies. Susan Hurley Harrison disappeared from upscale Ruxton, Maryland, on August 5, 1994. Her body was discovered in the woods of northern Maryland two years later and her death was ruled a homicide. Although Susan's case drew substantial media attention - including a spot on Unsolved Mysteries - no one, to date, has ever been charged with her murder. In piecing together a mosaic of Susan's final years, Moran grew to believe her sister was a victim of domestic violence. An academic by trade, Moran employs a scholar's precision and razor-sharp feminist analysis in this valiant effort to come to terms with Susan's life and death and to understand her sister in a way she did not when she was alive. ""Finding Susan"" refers to both the search for Susan's body and the search for the formative forces of her life. Mirroring elements of high-profile cases from Laci Peterson to Nicole Brown Simpson, ""Finding Susan"" is one woman's chronicle of loss and remembrance that arrestingly details the helplessness experienced by families of missing persons and calls critical attention to our alarming blindness to domestic abuse. Including appendixes of domestic violence resources, ""Finding Susan"" serves as a guide for concerned family members and friends of at-risk women to help identify the warning signs of domestic abuse. Thirty-six illustrations are a powerful complement to the volume.
Molly Hurley Moran, an associate professor of writing in the Division of Academic Enhancement at the University of Georgia, is the author of Margaret Drabble: Existing Within Structures and Penelope Lively, as well as numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. She resides in Athens, Georgia, with her husband and daughter.