The Keeper of Lost Things

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The Keeper of Lost Things

The Keeper of Lost Things

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It’s perhaps unsurprising that in our increasingly busy and fragmented lives we are attracted to novels in which strangers demonstrate compassion. In Hogan’s forthcoming novel, The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes, her protagonist overcomes grief at the loss of her child with the help of people she meets and befriends. For Hogan, the success of these novels is twofold: “I think as a society we’ve become much more isolated. On trains, buses, even just walking along the street, everybody is connected to their phones or their tablet or their laptop. Nobody is even looking at anybody else any more. We’ve become very insular. And yet when something happens that requires kindness it bursts out. I do think people are inherently kind.” What is the climax of The Keeper of Lost Things? How does this bring the central conflicts of the novel to a breaking point? How is this a chance for the main characters to grow or make a choice?

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost. I really appreciated the meanings and morals behind this story. This is a multi-perspective, multi-timeline read with all the feels!

I loved the characters in this, even the snooty Portia, and especially Sunshine, and Anthony’s story, wonderful, but heartbreaking. I loved the stories of the lost things. I loved these perfectly imperfect character’s stories.

A wonderfully multilayered, descriptive story, The Keeper of Lost Things is full of sorrow and joy that weaves the life stories of its characters, exploring relationships, illness and loss * Manchester Weekly News * Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart. Eunice loses Bomber’s ashes on the train to Bristol, which Anthony finds. Eunice visits Laura and is reunited with Bomber’s ashes. Eunice also gives Laura Therese’s communion medal, which Eunice found the day of her interview with Bomber, which was the same day that Therese was killed in an accident. This novel was very unexpected- I not only mean the novel itself— but my enjoyment of absolutely EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. I consider myself to be a modern woman —- I rarely tap into an appreciation for people’s sentimental tchotchkes. I ‘did’ ......tap into my appreciation for the smallest ‘lost things’. Silly me! Darn....where is that hair clip I lost- which I use to love? Would one of you please return it to Westgate Ave. in San Jose? Thank you, kindly! The Keeper of Lost Things is an enchanting story about love, loss, friendship, and healing. A wonderful cast of endearing, quirky characters made this book a pleasure to read!

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Ha.... and that’s the way I prepare tea in my house every day, several times a day. Why don’t you believe me? The style of writing was enjoyed by the readers , it was just the storylines that left people feeling confused and irritated, though we felt it got better towards the second half of the book - even if it did end a bit too conveniently. Although the story has a definite"feel good" factor it is not sugary sweet and your feet are kept firmly on the ground by the rawness of some of the memory stories. Embracing those who are marginalised by society … Joanna Cannon. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images This is the first book I read in 2017 - and if another as good comes along in the next 12 months, I'll eat my special gold reviewing spectacles... Wonderful stuff and the perfect cure for the New Year blues * Daily Mail *

After a car accident in her early thirties left her only able to work part time, Ruth turned to writing, spending her spare time honing her craft. Then, in 2012, after a nasty bout with cancer, and chemo treatments that kept her up at night, she passed her time writing. And so was born The Keeper of Lost Things, a novel grown out of her love of collecting small "treasures." She calls herself a "magpie," a keeper of things, a trait that has its roots in childhood. The story's very ambiguity steadily feeds its mysteriousness and power, and Danielewski's mastery of postmodernist and cinema-derived rhetoric up the ante continuously, and stunningly. One of the most impressive excursions into the supernatural in many a year. A charming, clever and quietly moving debut novel of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.It was such a delicious book! There is no other way to describe it. I did not want it to end. -- Preeti Shenoy, author of THE RULE BREAKERS

The themes of love, loss, redemption and second chances are explored in an honest and meaningful way throughout this novel. Because the characters don't have to work for the information, the novel's progress doesn't feel satisfying. Talk about Sunshine, who describes herself as a "dancing drome." Did you appreciate her clairvoyance and connection with the irascible ghost? What do Freddy and Sunshine represent to Laura? Anthony had made her tea at the interview. He had brought it into the garden room; teapot with cozy, milk jug, sugar bowl and tongs, cups and saucers, silver teaspoons, tea strainer and stand.

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The narrative of Eunice and Bomber is woven between Laura and Anthony’s story. These two characters have a deep connection to the lost objects. The reader also gets to experience the stories behind the lost objects. While there are several pov’s, all are intertwined and have a unique connection to the lost objects. Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook.

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