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.
Amanda Eyre Ward is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning novel Sleep Toward Heaven. The New York Post named Ward one of five Writers to Watch in 2003. She grew up in Rye, New York, and lives in Cataumet, Massachusetts, with her husband and son. Visit her site at www.amandaward.com."""
“Heartbreaking and thrilling, How to Be Lost is an intensely powerful novel.”
— Borders (Best of 2004 Hardcover Fiction Selection)
Publication Date: October 8, 2004
trim size: 5x8 Hardcover