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What Was Lost

A Novel

By Catherine O'Flynn

What Was Lost
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  • Paperback: Jun 2008,
    256 pages.

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A haunting debut from an incredible talent. Winner of the Costa Award, published in the USA as a paperback original

Every once in a while a book comes along that takes your breath away. What Was Lost is such a book. Catherine O'Flynn's stunning first novel contemplates the loss of innocence and the dullness of modern life. A simple story about two people's investigation of a young girl's mysterious disappearance grows into a larger rumination on modernity, maturation, and love under O'Flynn's deft and empathetic pen. The novel is divided into two main narratives: Ten-year-old Kate Meaney's life as a detective and Lisa and Kurt's experiences at Green Oaks shopping mall in 2004, two decades later. The two narratives mirror each other in theme and action, and the result is an artfully constructed and interesting whole.

Kate Meaney wants to be a detective. She enlists the help of her friend Mickey, a stuffed monkey, and begins to look for crime in her neighborhood. She is a ...

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