Of Things Gone Astray by Janina MatthewsonOf Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson

Of Things Gone Astray

byJanina Matthewson

Hardcover | February 3, 2015

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Here is a quirky and fantastical novel about things lost and things found from a startling new voice in fiction.On a seemingly normal morning in London, a group of people all lose something dear to them, something dear but peculiar: the front of their house, their piano keys, their sense of direction, their place of work.Meanwhile, Jake, a young boy whose father brings him to London following his mother's sudden death, finds himself strangely attracted to other people's lost things. But little does he realize that his most valuable possession, his relationship with his father, is slipping away from him.Of Things Gone Astray is a magical fable about modern life and values and finding the things that really matter.
Janina Matthewson is a writer and trained actress from Christchurch, New Zealand. She now lives in London. Of Things Gone Astray is her first full-length novel.
Title:Of Things Gone AstrayFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:February 3, 2015Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007562470

ISBN - 13:9780007562473

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quirky, Whimsical, Fun! Of Things Gone Astray is positively delightful. Matthewson’s writing is liltingly musical and fraught with mesmerizing tension throughout. Additionally, the book’s cover is captivating; the aesthetics alone were enough to reel me in. On the other hand, I am not sure how I feel about the ending. A lot was left unresolved, to the point where it is not clear exactly what happened with certain characters. The whimsy is fantastic but in this instance it served as a weak point, where explanation was needed and not provided. In addition, we could have done without a select few characters, such as Marcus and Jake. Their storylines were blurry throughout the course of the novel and, specifically in Marcus’s case, were simply abandoned towards the end. The true gems of the novel are Delia and Robert. They never interact, but Delia is a darling eccentricity, while Robert and his wife Mara are bright sparks of life that were greatly appreciated. #plumreview #whimsical #fiction
Date published: 2017-02-01

Editorial Reviews

"A brilliant novel that redefines the boundaries of where our lives begin and where they end." -Simon Van Booy, bestselling author of The Illusion of Separateness'Of Things Gone Astray may be Janina Matthewson's first novel, but it marks her out as a writer to follow . Reality, fantasy and imagery intermingle to create a beautiful whole.' WE LOVE THIS BOOK'Refreshing and spare, like a bittersweet melody echoing in an empty hallway, Matthewson's debut novel will linger in the reader's memory.' KIRKUS