The Girl of Lost Things tells the story of Gracie Martin, a New Yorker who has a gift for returning lost objects to their rightful owners. It's a talent that plays off her inherent curiosity about things and the people attached to them. Gracie's also fond of tidy endings. But as the years go by, her unusual, glancing experiences with people - strangers, really - and their belongings point up the sort of meaningful connection that's eluded her in her own life. She swears
off her vocation - that is, until she finds a backpack left behind in a taxi, full
of mystery and promise, and convinces herself that, based on its contents, its
(male) owner holds the key to her ultimate happiness.
Wise and enchanting, with a heroine as endearing as the four young women who made up the "Sisterhood," this novel is poised to capture not only the girls who spent their young adulthood reading Ann Brashares, but their mothers, big sisters, cousins, and friends, too.
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Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland with
her three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the DC area called Sidwell
Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University
in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school,
Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for
school. Loving her job, she never went to graduate school, and instead, remained
in New York City and worked as an editor for many years. Ann made the transition
from editor to full-time writer with her first novel, The Sisterhood of the
When asked where the idea for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants came from she replies: "It started with a conversation. A woman I used to work...
Anne Brashares: br-shares
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