Lost & Found by Brooke Davis

Lost & Found

byBrooke Davis

Paperback | February 3, 2015

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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. 

About The Author

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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Title:Lost & FoundFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.24 × 0.83 inPublished:February 3, 2015Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143193856

ISBN - 13:9780143193852

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"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