How To Be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward

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From the author of the celebrated Sleep Toward Heaven comes a novel of love and secrets. To their neighbors in suburban Holt, New York, the Winters family has it all: a grand home, a trio of radiant daughters, and a sense that they are safe in their affluent corner of America. But when five-year-old Ellie disappears, the fault lines within the Winters family are exposed. Joseph, once a successful businessman, succumbs to his demons. Isabelle retreats into memories of her debutante days in Savannah, Georgia. And Ellie's bereft sisters grow apart: Madeline reluctantly stays home, while Caroline runs away.

Fifteen years later, Caroline, now a New Orleans cocktail waitress, sees a photograph of a woman in People Magazine. Convinced that it is Ellie all grown up, Caroline embarks on a search for her missing sister, armed with Xerox copies of the photograph, an amateur detective guide, and a cooler of Dixie beer. As Caroline travels through the New Mexico desert, the mountains of Colorado, and the smoky underworld of Montana, she devotes herself to salvaging her broken family.

With dark humor and gorgeous prose, Amanda Eyre Ward brings us a spellbinding novel about the stories we are given, and the stories we embrace.


About Amanda Eyre Ward

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Amanda Eyre Ward was born in New York City and graduated from Williams College and the University of Montana. Her short stories have been published in Story Quarterly, Mississippi Review, New Delta Review,, and Austin Chronicle. Ward is a regular contributor to the Austin Chronicle. This is her first novel.
Published October 30, 2004 by MacAdam/Cage Publishing. 292 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Horror. Fiction

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The mother, widowed now after despair, anger, and drink took her husband, lives alone with her odd rituals and fanatic questing, 15 years later, still to find her Ellie.

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Amanda Eyre Ward's prose is clear-headed and crisp — as if laid down by a proper, uniformed maid — and it well serves a plot that could have gotten soggy.

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Then when I’m not actively writing I’ll think about where that scene should be in the book, how the day’s writing has changed the structure of the book and what I want to write next.

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