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Lost & Found

Lost & Found, February 2015
by Brooke Davis

Dutton
Featuring: Karl; Agatha Pantha; Millie Bird
311 pages
ISBN: 0525954686
EAN: 9780525954682
Kindle: B00KWG609C
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"A lonely senior befriends a child"

Fresh Fiction Review

Lost & Found
Brooke Davis

Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted January 15, 2015

Literature and Fiction | Fiction

A girl who is fascinated by death and a man whose wife has died are the main characters in this arty read. LOST AND FOUND skips around from person to person, also incorporating a week in the life of an elderly woman Agatha who never leaves her house, and various other eccentrics.

Karl is referred to as a touch typist, but he does not own a keyboard; he drums his fingers on surfaces to help him think out his words. After a chapter detailing his marriage and wife's death, we find him in a police station because he has absconded from a senior care home. Millie meanwhile is a child who takes her gumboots for a walk in the park, stares at dead dogs and keeps tight hold of a book about dead things. She fastens on to phrases people around her say, and wonders if it really is possible to die happy. She wants to travel, and so does Karl.

The author Brooke Davis wrote LOST & FOUND as part of her PhD in Creative Writing in Western Australia. The style will not suit everyone so I recommend reading a sample chapter before deciding to buy for yourself or a friend. This is Brooke Davis's first novel and I was amused by the five pages of acknowledgements at the end in which I thought she revealed more about herself than did the book.

If you're into experimental writing and feel that seniors and children have a lot in common, such as being told what to do by everyone else, LOST & FOUND may well suit your taste.

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SUMMARY

An irresistible debut novel about the wisdom of the very young, the mischief of the very old, and the magic that happens when no one else is looking

Millie Bird, seven years old and ever hopeful, always wears red gumboots to match her curly hair. Her struggling mother, grieving the death of Millie’s father, leaves her in the big ladies’ underwear department of a local store and never returns.

Agatha Pantha, eighty-two, has not left her house—or spoken to another human being—since she was widowed seven years ago. She fills the silence by yelling at passersby, watching loud static on TV, and maintaining a strict daily schedule.

Karl the Touch Typist, eighty-seven, once used his fingers to type out love notes on his wife’s skin. Now that she’s gone, he types his words out into the air as he speaks. Karl’s been committed to a nursing home, but in a moment of clarity and joy, he escapes. Now he’s on the lam.

Brought together at a fateful moment, the three embark upon a road trip across Western Australia to find Millie’s mother. Along the way, Karl wants to find out how to be a man again; Agatha just wants everything to go back to how it was.

Together they will discover that old age is not the same as death, that the young can be wise, and that letting yourself feel sad once in a while just might be the key to a happy life.


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