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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