The Notebook of Lost Things by Megan Staffel

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A novel about the power of love.

Helene is forty-one; she enjoys sex with Harry, owner of Better Days, the local bar. But she will leave him if he cannot, just once, rise above the mundane and use his imagination so she can love him. Stella knows she loves Darryl, her high-school classmate, but her depressed, impoverished, weight-obsessed mother has to be her priority. And William Swick loves Uta, Helene's mother, loves her still although she died in a car accident two years earlier. On the anniversary of this death, each of them learns a lesson about the grace bestowed by love.

 

About Megan Staffel

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Megan Staffel teaches writing at Vermont College.
 
Published August 1, 1999 by Soho Press. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“I’m interested in possibility,” declares Helene Hugel, a 30ish German-American woman who lives on her “Uncle” William Swick’s chicken farm, works at the local post office, and more or less passively endures a nonloving sexual relationship with Harry, the middle-aged macho sexist owner of a bar p...

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Staffel's true focus (and true heroine) is Helene's mother, Uta, who has been dead for two years when the novel opens.

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