Our Lady Of The Lost And Found Tpb

Paperback | April 29, 2002

byDiane Schoemperlen

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On a Monday morning in April, a middle-aged writer finds a woman standing in front of the fig tree in her living room. The woman is wearing a navy blue trench coat and white Nikes, and is carrying a small black suitcase. She is the Virgin Mary and, she explains, after 2,000 years of petition, adoration and travel, she is in need of some R&R.

In Our Lady of the Lost and Found, Diane Schoemperlen has created a profound and original novel that captures the hearts and imagination of readers. Now available with a P.S. section featuring insightful background material, this captivating story is an exploration of our capacity for faith and of the miracles of daily life.

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On a Monday morning in April, a middle-aged writer finds a woman standing in front of the fig tree in her living room. The woman is wearing a navy blue trench coat and white Nikes, and is carrying a small black suitcase. She is the Virgin Mary and, she explains, after 2,000 years of petition, adoration and travel, she is in need of som...

DIANE SCHOEMPERLEN is the author of Forms of Devotion, which won the 1998 Governor General’s Award for Fiction;In the Language of Love, which was chosen by Toronto Star critic Philip Marchand as one of the year’s 10 best novels; andOur Lady of the Lost and Found, her most recent national bestseller. She has also written six short story...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 29, 2002Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006485855

ISBN - 13:9780006485858

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Divine Unlike other Canadian novels of its genre, Our Lady of the Lost and Found is a profound and quietly affecting gem that does not produce ennui or restlessness. Despite her critics, Schoemperlen produces an entrancing tale which begins with a window to a writer's solitary yet comfortable life and routine in Anyville, North America (although the author betrays her Canadian roots at the outset of the novel) and leads to a series of spiritually sumptuous moments that begin with the arrival of the Virgin Mary at the narrator's doorstep (rather at the foot of the fig tree in the living room). In Our Lady of the Lost and Found, Schoemperlen juxtaposes the nameless narrator's ordinary life and daily preoccupations with a brief albeit rousing history of the Virgin Mary and her apparitions throughout the past two millenniums. Indeed, Schoemperlen's gem of a novel is not riddled with a defining plot or particularly thrilling or resonating events in the course of its denouement. Then again, this bookworm does not object to a slow paced book that unfurls a delightful narrative which interweaves faith, science, and the frailty of the human mind and psyche with amazing attention to detail, pathos and humour. Schoemperlen displays an effacing and quasi-self-deprecating sense of humour which makes the dreariness of a quiet existence come alive in vivid shapes and colours. In reading Our Lady of the Lost and Found, one is drawn in quietly towards the germination of the story of the protagonist's life which rings surprisingly true to the quiet existence of this particular reader's reality. In some way, one cannot help feel a slight forbearing of things to come which was oddly comforting to me. Schoemperlen's protagonist recognizes romantic (dis)entanglements in her youth as foolish mistakes and ruminates over yesterdays and used-to-bes yet all the while being fully appreciative of the current of her life with some dignity. Some readers and critics admonish Schoemperlen for the ambivalent role that religion and faith play throughout Our Lady of the Lost and Found. Is it a work of fiction, a compilation of historical narratives, or a tentative recollection of the writer's hallucinatory visions of the Virgin Mary? In my opinion - it does not matter. As an agnostic who struggles with her wavering faith, the narrative was blissful in that it enabled the character of Mary to intersperse humourous anecdotes with wry intelligence and field questions on the conflicting role that religious fervour and spiritual apathy have in modern society. Millions of people across the globe firmly believe in their faith and hold true to their tales of apparitions and miracles. After all, these fascinating debates on the role of unwavering faith is sorely lacking nowadays despite the rising influence of spiritual gurus and their teachings.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read! Thought-provoking, meditative, hopeful and encouraging. Highly recommend! Rereading it now for the 3rd time.
Date published: 2015-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the blessed Virgin and the book Being a good catholic lad, I found Our Lady of The Lost and Found funny-sad-educational and very well investigated by Ms.Schoemperlen. knowing her and the penchance she has for opening her door for the beleagured and downcast-what a great treat this would have been for this lady, if the story was true and not fiction. For the love shown for our Blessed Virgin, Diane opened my heart and eyes to my preferred religion and church,once more. Thank you
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great!! I read this book and, from the beginning, loved the words, the images. It was wonderful to "meet" the Virgin Mary, the woman. At times, you can't help wondering if the story was true or fiction. Beautifully written. I've lent it to many people since. I would love to read more books by this author.
Date published: 2006-06-06

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"Isn't it just delightful to see an artist produce something you never could have thought possible? Especially when it is done with such artful ease that it looks perfectly natural." -Books in Canada"A clever hybrid of religious fairy tale and straight-up spiritual inquest, this visitation of the Blessed Virgin is above all a holyhoot." -Elle"...genuinely heartbreaking..." -The Globe and Mail"...a lively, whimsical yet thoughtful look at life and its continual vagaries, from one of the country's most original writers." -London Free Press