Sunday, November 29, 2009

How to be Lost

No, not me. I'm not going anywhere. I'm just giving you a little taste of my 42nd read of the year:

How To Be Lost, by Amanda Eyre Ward.

I really enjoyed this book. The main character was, yet again, a young woman with problems. Problems like her family, her relationships, her career ... I know, I know. What didn't Caroline have to deal with?

The primary catalyst of the family turmoil was her missing little sister. Ellie had been missing since she was 5 years old. This loss, this disappearance, has been such a turning point for their entire family.

Caroline and her other sister, Madeline watched their family struggle to function, watched their own relationship deteriorate, and watched life pass them by. Madeline married, Caroline did not. What happened to Ellie?

With every possible face found in magazines and newspaper clippings, their mother swore that "this is her!" At some point Caroline takes a moment to look at the latest picture, and truly does think that this IS her. Ellie. Their long-lost sister.

Is it? Perhaps. Does she find her? Maybe. But either way the journey to the final page is an intense one. One that you'll enjoy, if you're up for a heavy family experience, and a dramatic protagonist (is that the right word?) as I've mentioned, yet another dark and extreme woman to lead me through the latest novel of my choice.

Pick it up. It's worth a read. You'll find yourself wanting more when you turn that last page. I know I did.


  1. It sounds good, but I don't know if I could handle it. I tend to freak out when reading about missing children, I can research the topic but outside of a research perspective I get so emotionally attached.

  2. It sounds right up my alley, but I just bought "My Life In France," so it may have to many books, so little time!


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