A Novel

Book - 2010
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On a cold January morning Susan leaves her husband alone for a few minutes and returns to find him gone. Suffering from dementia, no longer able to dress or feed or wash himself, he has wandered alone into a frigid landscape with no sense of home or direction. Lost. Over the course of one weekend, the massive search for her husband brings Susan together with Jeff, a search and rescue expert and social worker preoccupied with his young wife's betrayal. In Jeff's care is Corey, a mute eleven-year-old boy who has been abandoned by his family after accidentally setting a tragic fire. As the temperature drops and the search and rescue effort threatens to become one of search and recovery, they each confront haunting memories and difficult choices that will have an unexpected impact on their collective future. From the intersection of these three lives emerges an arresting portrait of the shifting terrain of marriage and the devastating effects of physical and psychological damage. Written in spare, beautiful prose, Lost explores the lengths we will go to take care of someone and the ways in which responsibility, love, and sorrow can bind people together.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, 2010.
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439159828
Characteristics: 242 p. ; 23 cm.


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Feb 04, 2017

I found this book interesting to read, as it covered topics not commonly talked about. At times, it wasn't easy to determine what the author was trying to convey to the reader, as the language was very poetic (using metaphors to such a degree as to make the reader stop and try to figure out the meaning). For me, it abruptly stopped the flow of the story. I was expecting to have the epilogue bring all of the fibers of the story together, rather than leave me hanging as to whether the main characters could have a life together. I'm really getting rather fed up with authors that leave the rest of the story unsaid. I buy a book to take me into worlds that I wouldn't normally experience, so an unfinished story to me just feels like a lazy author who couldn't figure out a way to complete the novel in a believable way.

Mar 13, 2011

not a difficult read but a nice story

Jan 24, 2011

The story focuses on an Alzheimer patient who goes wandering during the winter when his wife/caregiver leaves him for a few mintes to check her mailbox. The story introduces us to several emotionally wounded individuals who are ultimately linked. I was left with the sense that I would like to have discussed the ethical issues that arose at the conclusion with a fellow reader. It was well written and mostly believable but a tough subject.

Sep 01, 2010

An tale that relies on character development and motivation to keep the reader engaged. They are believable and sympathetic. The novel also gives a quick and sobering peek in to the life of a caregiver of someone with dementia.

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