The Book of Lost Things: A Novel

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Atria Books, Nov 7, 2006 - Fiction - 352 pages
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New York Timesbestselling author John Connolly's unique imagination takes readers through the end of innocence into adulthood and beyond in this dark and triumphantly creative novel of grief and loss, loyalty and love, and the redemptive power of stories.High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book...The Book of Lost Things.An imaginative tribute to the journey we must all make through the loss of innocence into adulthood, John Connolly's latest novel is a book for every adult who can recall the moment when childhood began to fade, and for every adult about to face that moment.The Book of Lost Thingsis a story of hope for all who have lost, and for all who have yet to lose. It is an exhilarating tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.

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This was my first novel by this author, whom I have read good things about (the author, that is). This is a tale about growing up, I think it was meant for a more Young Adult crowd, than an adult one ... Read full review

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User Review  - ViragoReads - LibraryThing

This was a re-read and I had definitely forgotten just how dark this boom was! The story follows young David who is struggling with the loss of his mother. There is a war on, and David's father has ... Read full review

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John Connolly is the author of Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, The Killing Kind, The White Road, Bad Men, Nocturnes, and The Black Angel. He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at www.johnconnolly.co.uk.

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