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I just finished reading Alice Lichtenstein s novel, Lost, in one sitting This story about three strangers whose lives intersect after a man with Alzheimer s disappears one frigid morning is that compelling From the moment I met Susan, the wife of the lost man Jeff, a search and rescue expert and Corey, a mute eleven year old who s been abandoned by his family after accidentally causing the death of his brother, I could not put the book down.The reader sees this frozen rural world of Lost thr I just finished reading Alice Lichtenstein s novel, Lost, in one sitting This story about three strangers whose lives intersect after a man with Alzheimer s disappears one frigid morning is that compelling From the moment I met Susan, the wife of the lost man Jeff, a search and rescue expert and Corey, a mute eleven year old who s been abandoned by his family after accidentally causing the death of his brother, I could not put the book down.The reader sees this frozen rural world of Lost through the eyes of each of these people I was struck by how authentic the three different worlds felt, an indication of Lichtenstein s careful research In a well drawn flashback, Susan, who before early retirement to care for her architect husband, was a scientist doing cutting edge research on the regenerative properties of salamanders, shows one of her graduate students how to step by step pinch off a tiny amount of Tillie s brain Tillie, Susan s rarest salamander, an albino axolotl with pink fringed gills and a dumb, trusting smile Lichtenstein is equally successful in taking the reader into the whole search and rescue experience Over and over there are passages that make us believe in the expertise required in rescue work Jeff drops to his belly, stretches his arm along the track as a gauge If a man is lost, his dominant foot will point along the line he takes And pitch angles will vary foot to foot The dominant foot takes a slightly longer step than the nondominant foot We circle our weak side, wheeling and wheeling, and never even realizing we re doing so Oh, as a reader I love it when a writer is so exact Lost also takes us into the barn where Corey helps his grandfather fix the conveyor belt that cleans the manure from the gutter Again Lichtenstein makes us feel like we re there with her use of sensory images Corey stepped on the black, sludgy tongue of the gutter, careful to fit the heel of his boot to the lip on the conveyor to keep from slipping back He couldn t get used to the smell, or the way it looked on the ground, puddles of horrible, dark pudding And besides making the world real, many of the descriptive passages do the double duty of metaphor, revealing so much about the interior lives of Corey, Jeff, and Susan.I finished this deeply satisfying novel in the middle of the night I think, with a good story, the reader is always hoping that the writer will be able to conclude with on ending that works Of course, I am not going to give away that conclusion, but I can say that I was able to reach The End feeling that all my hours of reading landed me at a finish that felt absolutely right Premise of the book sounded intriguingwoman s husband with Alzheimer s is lost and that is the basis for a bunch of lost people to come into contact the search and rescue leader, the wife, and a teen But somehow it didn t really all come into focus for me I thought the most powerful scenes were the details of the wife s life in living with an Alzheimer s patient as to what she must endure and what she has given up I thought the search and rescue leader s break up with is wife was not r Premise of the book sounded intriguingwoman s husband with Alzheimer s is lost and that is the basis for a bunch of lost people to come into contact the search and rescue leader, the wife, and a teen But somehow it didn t really all come into focus for me I thought the most powerful scenes were the details of the wife s life in living with an Alzheimer s patient as to what she must endure and what she has given up I thought the search and rescue leader s break up with is wife was not really fully explained, nor the teen s whole story.Interesting premise, but I wantedexplanation In the beginning when Susan was taking care of her husband who had dementia , I could empathize with Susan After her husband goes missing, though, Susan s thoughts feelings are not so well revealed, and I felt distanced from her Same thing happened for Corey At first, I could feel his confusions misgivings But the author dropped the ball stopped sharing the inner Corey I also thought the character development for Jeff was flat, with way too much unexplained I was expecting this to b In the beginning when Susan was taking care of her husband who had dementia , I could empathize with Susan After her husband goes missing, though, Susan s thoughts feelings are not so well revealed, and I felt distanced from her Same thing happened for Corey At first, I could feel his confusions misgivings But the author dropped the ball stopped sharing the inner Corey I also thought the character development for Jeff was flat, with way too much unexplained I was expecting this to be a book that explored different emotions evoked by having a loved one missing I was disappointed Perhaps I would have felt differently if the story were told from one point of view instead of three.I don t think this was a BAD book It was just okay You ll probably enjoy itif you don t go into it with big expectations, as I had done I really don t know what was missing for me in this book Perhaps it is just the topic, I have struggled with books about dementia and Alzheimers before The writing really is very good Stark and simple No superfluous words rolling around on the pages I just found it difficult to connect with the characters I mean the book is about a man who wanders off from home and so the search for him begins in very cold weather You never really get to know enough about any of the characters to have a s I really don t know what was missing for me in this book Perhaps it is just the topic, I have struggled with books about dementia and Alzheimers before The writing really is very good Stark and simple No superfluous words rolling around on the pages I just found it difficult to connect with the characters I mean the book is about a man who wanders off from home and so the search for him begins in very cold weather You never really get to know enough about any of the characters to have a stake in the outcome I do feel I am under rating it with 3 stars because I really liked the prose but the character development was off On A Cold January Morning Susan Leaves Her Husband Alone For A Few Minutes And Returns To Find Him Gone Suffering From Dementia, No Longer Able To Dress Or Feed Or Wash Himself, He Has Wandered Alone Into A Frigid Landscape With No Sense Of Home Or Direction LostOver The Course Of One Weekend, The Massive Search For Her Husband Brings Susan Together With Jeff, A Search And Rescue Expert And Social Worker Preoccupied With His Young Wife S Betrayal In Jeff S Care Is Corey, A Mute Eleven Year Old Boy Who Has Been Abandoned By His Family After Accidentally Setting A Tragic Fire As The Temperature Drops And The Search And Rescue Effort Threatens To Become One Of Search And Recovery, They Each Confront Haunting Memories And Difficult Choices That Will Have An Unexpected Impact On Their Collective FutureFrom The Intersection Of These Three Lives Emerges An Arresting Portrait Of The Shifting Terrain Of Marriage And The Devastating Effects Of Physical And Psychological Damage Written In Spare, Beautiful Prose, Lost Explores The Lengths We Will Go To Take Care Of Someone, And The Ways In Which Responsibility, Love, And Sorrow Can Bind People Together Lost, by Alice Lichtenstein, is a beautiful, literary, and poetic book that will appeal to anyone who has loved someone with Alzheimer s or lost someone that they love Christopher, suffering from Alzheimer s, gets lost and his wife, Susan calls Search and Rescue Susan and Christopher have been married for 40 years and theirs has been a great love Jeff is her liaison from Search and Rescue His marriage is in a shambles The story is also about a boy names Corey who is mute after he accidental Lost, by Alice Lichtenstein, is a beautiful, literary, and poetic book that will appeal to anyone who has loved someone with Alzheimer s or lost someone that they love Christopher, suffering from Alzheimer s, gets lost and his wife, Susan calls Search and Rescue Susan and Christopher have been married for 40 years and theirs has been a great love Jeff is her liaison from Search and Rescue His marriage is in a shambles The story is also about a boy names Corey who is mute after he accidentally sets fire to his home The chapters are told from the voices of Corey, Susan, or Jeff This is a book to cherish It is a true gem It s a spare but punishing story of what arises from the most wearying, grief torn ordeals we might be so unfortunate to have to deal with Susan s husband, suffering from end stage dementia, wanders off into adversely cold winter conditions and Lost is both about the search for him and the ways in which we bond or struggle to maintain our bonds The central story was cutting and poignant, though cheapened by the implausibility of Corey s and Jeff s stories. What a wonderful book A beautifully written story of loss, redemption, the search for ourselves and others and what we find along the way Alice is a gifted writer who was able to capture the emptiness of Alzheimers, the pain of survival, the poignancy of regret and the comfort of acceptance Thank you, Alice for a very moving and meaningful story. 3.5 stars. I had a difficult time with this book, as it was really just one disturbing scene after another, many of them ridiculously unbelievable I mean, would a middle aged professional woman really squat and pee in the woods while a detective leads her to the spot where they found her husband s dead body Of all of the bizarre scenes in this book, this one stood out as the most absurd.I found the entire book extremely depressing, and I couldn t relate to any of the characters There was no closure at t I had a difficult time with this book, as it was really just one disturbing scene after another, many of them ridiculously unbelievable I mean, would a middle aged professional woman really squat and pee in the woods while a detective leads her to the spot where they found her husband s dead body Of all of the bizarre scenes in this book, this one stood out as the most absurd.I found the entire book extremely depressing, and I couldn t relate to any of the characters There was no closure at the end, so when I finished the book, I was actually angry Lost


About the Author: Alice Lichtenstein

Alice Lichtenstein graduated from Brown University and received her MFA from Boston University She has received a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Fiction, the Barbara Demming Memorial Award for Fiction and has twice been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony.Alice s new novel, THE CRIME OF BEING, forthcoming from Upper Hand Press, November 2019, has already been called A brilliant, riveting, and emotionally charged story about the crime of black life Jallicia Jolly, UM Her first novel, THE GENIUS OF THE WORLD Zoland Books, 2000 , recieved favorable reviews, most notably in The New York Times Book Review and on National Public Radio.PEOPLE Magazine called Alice s second novel, LOST, Scribner, 2010 , a great read and NPR said, LOST is a novel that delivers much reading pleasure LOST was a long list Finalist for the2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.Lichtenstein s short stories have appeared in several literary journals Most recently, Revision, in Narrative Magazine Fall 2018 Dead Friends in Post Road Winter, 2010 and White Ladies in Short Story Spring, 2010 These stories were nominated for Pushcart Prize Awards.Alice lives in Oneonta, New York, where she teaches fiction writing at Hartwick College, and in Surry, Maine.


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