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Do Not Become Alarmed

(2017)
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From a beloved award-winning writer, the much-anticipated novel about what happens when two families go on a tropical vacation - and the children go missing.

When Liv and Nora decide to take their families on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The ship's comforts and possibilities seem infinite. The children - two 11-year-olds, an eight-year-old, and a six-year-old - love the nonstop buffet and the independence they have at the Kids' Club. But when they all go ashore in beautiful Central America, a series of minor misfortunes leads the families farther and farther from the ship's safety. One minute the children are there, and the next they're gone.

What follows is a riveting, revealing story told from the perspectives of the adults and the children, as the once-happy parents - now turning on one another and blaming themselves - try to recover their children and their lives.

Celebrated for her ability to write vivid, spare, moving fiction, Maile Meloy shows how quickly the life we count on can fall away and how a crisis changes everyone's priorities. The fast-paced, gripping plot of Do Not Become Alarmed carries with it an insightful, provocative examination of privilege, race, guilt, envy, the dilemmas of modern parenthood, and the challenge of living up to our own expectations.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"This hugely suspenseful novel will speak to anyone who has ever felt responsible for keeping a loved one safe, whether it was a child, a partner, a parent, or a friend. Meloy's characters-the adults and the children-feel like real, living people I'll never forget." - Helen Fielding

"Smart and thrilling and impossible to put down." - Ann Patchett

"She's such a talented and unpredictable writer that I'm officially joining her fan club; whatever she writes next, I'll gladly read it." - Curtis Sittenfeld


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June 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Do Not Become Alarmed: A Novel
Author(s): Maile Meloy
ISBN: 0-7352-1652-5 / 978-0-7352-1652-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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Title: Do Not Become Alarmed: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-7352-1653-3 / 978-0-7352-1653-2 (USA edition)
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Title: Do Not Become Alarmed
Author(s): Maile Meloy
ISBN: 0-241-30546-2 / 978-0-241-30546-1 (UK edition)
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July 2017 : UK Paperback

Title: Do Not Become Alarmed
Author(s): Maile Meloy
ISBN: 0-241-30688-4 / 978-0-241-30688-8 (UK edition)
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June 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Do Not Become Alarmed: A Novel
Author(s): Maile Meloy
ISBN: 0-7352-1940-0 / 978-0-7352-1940-3 (USA edition)
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June 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Do Not Become Alarmed: A Novel (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Maile Meloy
ISBN: 1-5247-7834-6 / 978-1-5247-7834-7 (USA edition)
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May 2018 : UK Audio CD

Title: Do Not Become Alarmed
Author(s): Maile Meloy
ISBN: 0-241-98493-9 / 978-0-241-98493-2 (UK edition)
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July 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Do Not Become Alarmed
Author(s): Maile Meloy
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July 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Do Not Become Alarmed
Author(s): Maile Meloy
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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June 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Do Not Become Alarmed: A Novel
Author(s): Maile Meloy
ISBN: 1-5247-7720-X / 978-1-5247-7720-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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June 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Do Not Become Alarmed: A Novel
Author(s): Maile Meloy
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June 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Do Not Become Alarmed: A Novel
Author(s): Maile Meloy
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July 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Do Not Become Alarmed
Author(s): Maile Meloy
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June 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Do Not Become Alarmed: A Novel
Author(s): Maile Meloy
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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