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Lost & Found
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An irresistible debut novel about the wisdom of the very young, the mischief of the very old, and the magic that happens when no one else is looking

Millie Bird, seven years old and ever hopeful, always wears red gumboots to match her curly hair. Her struggling mother, grieving the death of Millie’s father, leaves her in the big ladies’ underwear department of a local store and never returns.

Agatha Pantha, eighty-two, has not left her house—or spoken to another human being—since she was widowed seven years ago. She fills the silence by yelling at passersby, watching loud static on TV, and maintaining a strict daily schedule.

Karl the Touch Typist, eighty-seven, once used his fingers to type out love notes on his wife’s skin. Now that she’s gone, he types his words out into the air as he speaks. Karl’s been committed to a nursing home, but in a moment of clarity and joy, he escapes. Now he’s on the lam.

Brought together at a fateful moment, the three embark upon a road trip across Western Australia to find Millie’s mother. Along the way, Karl wants to find out how to be a man again; Agatha just wants everything to go back to how it was.

Together they will discover that old age is not the same as death, that the young can be wise, and that letting yourself feel sad once in a while just might be the key to a happy life.
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Street Date:
01/22/2015
Language:
English
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Brooke Davis. (2015). Lost & Found. Unabridged Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.

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Brooke Davis. 2015. Lost & Found. Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.

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Brooke Davis. Lost & Found. Unabridged Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2015.

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An irresistible debut novel about the wisdom of the very young, the mischief of the very old, and the magic that happens when no one else is looking

Millie Bird, seven years old and ever hopeful, always wears red gumboots to match her curly hair. Her struggling mother, grieving the death of Millie’s father, leaves her in the big ladies’ underwear department of a local store and never returns.

Agatha Pantha, eighty-two, has not left her house—or spoken to another human being—since she was widowed seven years ago. She fills the silence by yelling at passersby, watching loud static on TV, and maintaining a strict daily schedule.

Karl the Touch Typist, eighty-seven, once used his fingers to type out love notes on his wife’s skin. Now that she’s gone, he types his words out into the air as he speaks. Karl’s been committed to a nursing home, but in a moment of clarity and joy, he escapes. Now he’s on the lam.

Brought together at a fateful moment, the three embark upon a road trip across Western Australia to find Millie’s mother. Along the way, Karl wants to find out how to be a man again; Agatha just wants everything to go back to how it was.

Together they will discover that old age is not the same as death, that the young can be wise, and that letting yourself feel sad once in a while just might be the key to a happy life.
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        "Poignant debut." —Associated Press

        "Enchanting debut." —Vanity Fair

        "Mixing sober and funny, sad and preposterous, Davis pulls all these strands together and makes...
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        "Poignant debut." —Associated Press

        "Enchanting debut." —Vanity Fair

        "Mixing sober and funny, sad and preposterous, Davis pulls all these strands together and makes this story a delight." —Miami Herald

        "A joyful, remarkable, intelligent read." —Cedar Rapid's Gazette

        "The same feel-good word of mouth as last year's bestseller, The Rosie Project." The Sydney Morning Herald

        "A novel that dances on the wire between heartache and joy, a delight to the reader in its explorations." Yahoo News

        "Everything about the characters and the writing feels right, and the result is a book that's heartbreaking, funny and brilliant."
        —Courier Mail

        "Lost & Found is informed by Davis's personal heartache but it is buoyed by something more universal – our need to love and be loved, regardless of the risk." —Newcastle Herald

        "If at first the reasons why this tale of love and loss, grief and great mates sparked a bidding war among publishers aren't obvious, as the characters unfold, it becomes clear that this is storytelling at its purest." —Weekend Post


        From the Hardcover edition.
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        January 12, 2015
        This novel by Australian travel writer and first-time novelist Davis attempts to use whimsy as a delivery mechanism for a meditation on loss and loneliness among the very young and very old. Seven-year-old Millie Bird is obsessed with death, inscribing her encounters with dead things in a "Book of Dead Things." Entry twenty-eight is "MY DAD." As a result of losing her husband and Millie's father, it's not long before Millie's unstable mother drops her at a Perth department store by the "Ginormous Women's Underwear" section and never returns. Millie spends a couple of nights hiding out in the store, seemingly undetected by anyone except a mannequin she treats as a companion and an old man she approaches in the store's café who identifies himself as "Karl the Touch Typist." Karl is battling his own grief after the loss of his wife. Finally caught by store security, Millie, with Karl's help, escapes authorities and makes her way home, where an elderly neighbor, Agatha Pantha, an unpleasant shut-in following her husband's death, somehow decides it would be better to accompany Millie to find her mother in Melbourne than to call the police. Karl catches up with them and the unlikely trio travels across Australia. Ultimately, this journey toward understanding and accepting death is too predictable, offering little aside from the quirks of its characters.

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      • content: Three exceptional narrators take turns delivering the chapters of this quirky audiobook about death. Helen Walsh is perfect as feisty 7-year-old Millie Bird, who calls herself "Captain Funeral" after her father dies and her mother abandons her. Millie seeks the help of her widowed shut-in neighbor, Agatha Panther, who is portrayed by Nicolette McKenzie with a husky voice that is perfect for barking insults out the window as she sits in her "chair of discontent." Millie is also assisted by "Karl the touch typist," an elderly widower vividly portrayed by Nigel Carrington. As the three unlikely partners travel across Australia in a madcap adventure looking for Millie's mother, the outstanding narrators take listeners on a roller-coaster ride of laughter, sadness, and contemplation. M.M.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
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Millie Bird, seven years old and ever hopeful, always wears red gumboots to match her curly hair. Her struggling mother, grieving the death of Millie’s father, leaves her in the big ladies’ underwear department of a local store and never returns.

Agatha Pantha, eighty-two, has not left her house—or spoken to another human being—since she was widowed seven years ago. She fills the silence by yelling at passersby, watching loud static on TV, and maintaining a strict daily schedule.

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