Lost & Found

Paperback | January 12, 2016

byBrooke Davis

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An irresistible and heartfelt debut novel about the wisdom of the very young, the mischief of the very old, and the magic that happens along the way

Millie Bird, seven-years old and ever hopeful, always wears red gumboots to match her curly hair. Her struggling mother, grieving the death of Millie’s father, leaves her in the big ladies’ underwear department of a local store and never returns.

Agatha Pantha, eighty-two, has not left her house – or spoken to another human being – since she was widowed seven years ago. She fills the silence by yelling at passersby, watching loud static on the TV, and maintaining a strict daily schedule.

Karl the Touch Typist, eighty-seven, once used his fingers to type out love notes on his wife's skin. Now that she’s gone, he types out his words into the air as he speaks. Karl’s been committed to a nursing home, but in a moment of clarity and joy, he escapes. Now he’s on the lam.

United at a fateful moment, the three embark upon a road trip to find Millie’s mother. Together they will discover that old age is not the same as death, that the young can be wise, and that letting yourself feel sad once in a while just might be the key to a happy life. 

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An irresistible and heartfelt debut novel about the wisdom of the very young, the mischief of the very old, and the magic that happens along the way Millie Bird, seven-years old and ever hopeful, always wears red gumboots to match her curly hair. Her struggling mother, grieving the death of Millie’s father, leaves her in the big ...

Brooke Davis grew up in Bellbrae, Australia, has lived in Halifax, Canada, and Florida, U.S.A., and now lives in Perth, where she works as a bookseller. She is a graduate of the University of Can­berra and Curtin University, and has won numerous awards for her writing. Lost & Found is her first novel and will be published in over twent...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.3 × 5.2 × 0.9 inPublished:January 12, 2016Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143193244

ISBN - 13:9780143193241

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet Story This book is about a seven year old girl Millie, who's father dies and who's mother abandons her in a department store. There she meets Karl and later Agatha two widowed octogenarians who try and help her find her mother. It is a sweet, funny endearing story about people that have no business really being together but somehow form a odd little family. They are outcasts from society, who's friendships help each other over come loss and find love again. The author lost her mother at young age in tragic, freak accident, and when you read this book, you see that she undoubtably understands what grief is. We all at one time or other will experience the loss of someone we love. Death doesn't care who you are; rich, poor, black, white, young, old it is a human experience that everyone can connect on . This book shows us that connection between people can help us deal with grief and live through it.
Date published: 2016-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Lost & Found is such a cute, heartwarming story which is extremely well written. The characters are likable and seem real. Some of Millie’s misconceptions of the world are very funny, laugh out loud funny. The story is told in a creative way where it will break in the middle of telling the present to talk about something related that has happened in the past and then go back to the present, I really like that it adds a backstory and how the character really thinks. Millie is an extremely observant 7 year old. Millie is left in a department store by her mom in the underwear section and told to wait for her. Millie waits and waits for her, she even puts up signs and symbols to show her mom that she is still waiting, all through the store. I feel sorry for Millie her dad died and now here mom abandons her. Millie befriends Karl the Touch Typist (who visits the store everyday, feels like an outcast in his family) quite early on in the book, and Agatha a little later (who stays in her house for 7 years and only shouts). Agatha is not afraid to give us very vivd imagery which is really funny at times. The three share a unique friendship. It is a heart warming story which also has brutal honestly in the way the characters think and feel and this was refreshing. The book felt very real and honest; funny at times; sad at other times. The book ends with a lot of loose ends still hanging around and in a way that is real life as well, and I like the ending for that purpose, the author does include what will happen to each character in the future. Overall, I think this is a great book that everyone can read and enjoy!
Date published: 2015-05-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Over rated & pretentious This book is as flat and endless as the great Australian desert.
Date published: 2015-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well paced read. this book was for our monthly book club and I have to say I was a little bit skeptical and felt (from some other online reviews) it would not be to my taste, but it was a great read. It definitely provided for some lively discussion points at our group meet up. I recommend you give it a try.
Date published: 2015-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written I loved this book & its message, " How do you live knowing that anyone you love can die at any moment?". This book really stuck with me and has some amazingly insightful prose. The dialogue is not in the traditional quotes (it's italized) but honestly it didn't matter to me & should not detract from this intelligent and thought provoking work.
Date published: 2015-04-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wierd The way this book was written is from inside the mind of a seven year old girl who has been abandoned but then picked up by two seniors. Sounds like a good read but it's hard to understand and a little of the wall.
Date published: 2015-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Laughed out loud at these characters many times, thoroughly enjoyed Millie's imagination as well as the authors descriptiveness.
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from no thanks I am not a fan of novels that have no dialogue. Makes for a very long read
Date published: 2015-03-24

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Editorial Reviews

"Both hilarious and devastating. This is a story of loss and hope with one of the most vivid casts of characters I’ve come across. In particular, it is red wellied, seven-year-old Millie our heart weeps and soars for. A great read with ballsy, brilliant writing. A joy." - Matt Haig, author of The Humans"Lost & Found expresses heartfelt and profound humanity... the same feel-good word of mouth as last year's bestseller, The Rosie Project." - Sydney Morning Herald"Heartbreaking and funny and brilliant." - Herald Sun (Australia)"A novel that dances on the wire between heartache and joy" - West Australian"Everything about the characters and the writing feels exactly right" - Sunday Telegraph (Australia)"A literary sensation." - Australian Arts Review“This is a novel about the quiet coldness of grief, and the longing to feel what you know has been lost forever. Three strangers come together through their separate grief at being left behind—a young girl whose mother abandoned her in a department store; a widow who hasn’t left her house since the death of her husband; and a heartbroken widower confined to a nursing home—and learn to move forward again, in this enchanting debut from Davis.” —Vanity Fair   “A whimsical and touching debut [and an] ultimately powerful exploration of grief from a skillful and original new voice.” —Kirkus, starred review   “A 7-year-old teams up with an 87-year-old for an adventure Down Under. Davis’ whimsical debut novel begins with loss, as a mother grieving over the death of her husband abandons young daughter Millie in an Australian department store. The book soon becomes about finding, as Millie falls in with two octogenarians — a nursing home escapee named Karl and Agatha, a grumpy agoraphobic. As this unlikely team progresses around the continent by bus, train and car, the youngster and the oldsters discover a few things about life, family and love.”—New York Post