There's No Place Like Here by Cecelia Ahern

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Sometimes it takes losing everything to truly find yourself...

Since Sandy Shortt's childhood classmate disappeared twenty years ago, Sandy has been obsessed with missing things. Finding what is lost becomes her single-minded goal--from the lone sock that vanishes in the washing machine to the car keys she misplaced. It's no surprise, then, that Sandy's life's work becomes finding people who have vanished from their loved ones. Sandy's family is baffled and concerned by her increasing preoccupation. Her parents can't understand her compulsion, and she pushes them away further by losing herself in the work of tracking down these missing people. She gives up her life in order to offer a flicker of hope to devastated families...and escape the disappointments of her own.

Jack Ruttle is one of those devastated people. It's been a year since his brother Donal vanished into thin air, and he has enlisted Sandy Shortt to find him. But before she is able to offer Jack the information he so desperately needs, Sandy goes missing too...and Jack now finds himself searching for his brother and the one woman who understood his pain.

One minute Sandy is jogging through the park, the next, she can't figure out where she is. The path is obscured. Nothing is familiar. A clearing up ahead reveals a camp site, and it's there that Sandy discovers the impossible: she has inadvertently stumbled upon the place-- and people--she's been looking for all her life, a land where all the missing people go. A world away from her loved ones and the home she ran from for so long, Sandy soon resorts to her old habit again, searching. Though this time, she is desperately trying to find her way home...

About Cecelia Ahern

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At twenty-one, Cecelia Ahern wrote her first novel, PS, I Love You, which became an international bestseller and was adapted into a major motion picture starring Hilary Swank. Her successive novels were also international bestsellers, published in forty-six countries and sold more than fifteen million copies collectively.
Published January 1, 2006 by HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD. 400 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Sandy soon meets most of the persons she’s been looking for over the years, including Jenny-May. While they have made complete lives for themselves, the lost are happy to have Sandy fill them in on the families left behind.

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Ahern tells the fantastical story of Sandy Shortt, a smalltown Irish girl who, at 10 years old, becomes obsessed with finding lost things after a neighborhood girl disappears.

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Before Sandy can reconcile herself to this bewildering development, she is overwhelmed by one huge mystery after another as the group leads her to a village full of lost people, surrounded by missing objects.

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