Allison Drew has a PhD from UCLA and is professor emerita at the University of York and honorary professor at the University of Cape Town. She has published five scholarly books and numerous articles on anti-apartheid and anti-colonial movements in South Africa and Algeria. Her latest book, a memoir, is called Searching for My Missing Father: An American Noir (Black Rose Writing) and concerns her attempts to discover the truth behind her father's vanishing.
Searching for My Missing Father: An American Noir
Allison’s frail, ninety-one-year-old father vanishes without a trace from his Salisbury, Connecticut home in July 2007. Allison’s memoir traces her efforts to discover what happened to her father during the twenty-six hours between his last conversation with a family member and his employee’s report that he was missing. A forensic examination of the police investigation into her father’s disappearance, her memoir is also a study of prejudice through the prism of dementia and an exploration of the emotional impact of a missing relative.