How to Be Lost
Title: How to Be Lost
Author: Amanda Eyre Ward
Caroline Winters’ family broke apart after the disappearance of her five-year old sister, but now, fifteen years later, she has seen someone who looks like her sister and she sets out on a journey to find her.
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 of security 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 at 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 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 sisters, family secrets and love. Advance praise: “I can imagine comparisons to “The Lovely Bones”, but there’s nothing imitative about it. It crosses those literary/commercial boundaries by offering us a terrific story, told in dead-on, wonderful prose.” – Ellen Sussman, author of “On A Night Like This”. “You’ve got a great book in your hands – Ward shines here with the same humour and brilliance she showed in her first novel.” – Andrew Sean Greer, author of “The Confessions of Max Tivoli”.