Book: The Keeper of Lost Things
Author: Ruth Hogan
This is my 90th read for this year
This is the story of Lost Things. Anthony lost his wife and a favorite keepsake on the same day. Now he has spent the last 40 years without her, but collecting things that are lost everyday. He records them and catalogs them, and hopes that one day, he can return them to their rightful owners. Laura has wored for Anthony as his assistant for the last 6 years. Anthony - a famous writer by trade - brought her on the help with the typing and housekeeping, but lately, she has just been the housekeeper and carer of the house. Anthony - knowing that his time on earth is growing short - needs to decide if Laura can carry out his last wish - return as many of the lost items to their rightful owners as possible.
Laura - with the help of the gardener Freddy, and the young next door neighbor - Sunshine - work together to fulfill Anthony's wish. Along the way they find people whose stories twist among Anthony's and discover that life is full of losing and finding, and how objects hold stories about all of our lives.
This was a terrific book. I listened to it wthin a few days because we have been working on moving and it is keeping me entertained. That is two in a row of me of truly wonderful books. This book is full of back stories of the lost things that have ended up in Anthony's possession, and Laura figuring out how to return them. It is a bit of magical realism. Sunshine - a young girl with down syndrome - seems to have a second sight when it comes to the objects and their past. And the ghost of Anthony's dead wife haunts the house. But the magicial realism in this book is so slight compared to most books in that genre, that I would be hard pressed to catalog it as such. The story is beautifully told. Most characters easy to like.
Shouldn't be missed. Check it out.