Pub Date 30 May 2019
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'She is one of America's greatest writers' Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less
'In the first few months after Charlie died, I began hearing from her much more frequently'
Helen Clapp is a physics professor. She doesn't believe in pseudo-science, or time travel and especially not in ghosts. So when she gets a missed call from Charlie, her closest friend from university with whom she hasn't spoken in over a year, Helen thinks there must be some mistake. Because Charlie died two days ago.
Then when her young son, Jack, claims to have seen Charlie in their house just the other day, Helen begins to have doubts.
Through the grief of the husband and daughter she left behind, Helen is drawn into the orbit of Charlie's world, slotting in the missing pieces of her friend's past. And, as she delves into the web of their shared history, Helen finds herself entangled in the forgotten threads of her own life.
Lost and Wanted is a searing novel from one of America's most exciting writers about the sacred knottiness of female friendship, the forces which fuse us together and those which drive us apart.
'There aren't many novels that bring to mind both Middlemarch and Bridget Jones's Diary - but Lost and Wanted is one of them' The Times
'Tender, sharply observed and marvellously rich' Daily Mail
'Freudenberger has an artist's clear-sighted commitment to seeing the totality of her characters' Sunday Times
'Dazzling' Mail on Sunday
'Brilliant' Financial Times
'Freudenberger [has a] gravity-defying gift' O, the Oprah Magazine
'Beautiful' New York Times
'A real powerhouse of a novel' Ben Fountain
'Tender, engaging' Dava Sobel
'You'll be beguiled' Jonathan Lethem
'Deeply involving, substantial, suspenseful, and psychologically lush' Booklist
'[A] stunning portrayal of grief' Publishers' Weekly