The New York Times bestseller that Jodi Picoult has called 'a bittersweet, wry, wonderful look at where we find honesty in our relationships, our hearts, and ourselves'.
Carolyn Parkhurst is also the author of the bestseller The Dogs of Babel. She holds an MFA in creative writing from American University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their two children.
Take seven unlikely couples with juicy secrets, a globetrotting reality show, a couple of unscrupulous producers, a host who loves to be hated, and what do you have? Lost and Found, a delightfully complex and deliciously fast-paced novel that's sure to be on everyone's beach reading list this summer. Best-selling author Parkhurst (Dogs of Babel) has crafted a deceptively lighthearted romp that eventually pits daughter against mother and husband against wife as they race through exotic locales competing for a million bucks while losing their souls in the bargain. As in any good game show, some of them never do get it, while the "winners" end up learning more about themselves and each other. Yes, some may find the premise a little too unbelievable and the ending a little too predictable, but somehow Parkhurst manages to make this a thoroughly enjoyable journey from its enticing start to its completely satisfying ending. Highly recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/06.]-Kellie Gillespie, City of Mesa Lib., AZ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"A deeply affecting page-turner." -- Elle "Rebecca Marx"
Parkhurst's novel of a disparate group of people traveling the globe on an Amazing Race-like reality game show shines on audio. The alternating points of view work especially well when read aloud: each chapter is told in first person by a different character, and Brown's superb narration makes it feel as though the characters are telling their intimate stories directly into the listener's ear. Brown does not create drastically different voices for the characters; instead, she makes her voice a bit higher or a bit deeper or adds a touch of an accent. The strength of her performance is that she truly acts out the roles, becoming each character and using her voice to convey his or her essence and personality. Characters include Cassie, whose eye-rolling teenage sarcasm hides insecurity and vulnerability; prim, judgmental Justin, a supposedly reformed homosexual preaching how religion has saved him, and his Southern wife, Abby, who's not nearly as convinced that she can leave lesbianism behind; down-to-earth New Yorker Carl; and self-centered, manipulative former child star Juliet. Lost and Found is an entertaining book that works even better in the audio format. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 10). (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Adult/High School-Here's a fast-paced novel featuring a reality TV show that is like The Amazing Race and Treasure Hunt combined. Contestants have personal secrets and have been chosen specifically because producers hope that they will spill their guts for ratings. The action focuses on four characters. Justin and Abby are a married couple, a lesbian and a gay man who have renounced their "lifestyles" and proudly carry the banner of their newfound faith while they both struggle to remain straight. Although described as young, these two seem much older than their years in their pursuit of a traditional marriage. Meanwhile, the mother-daughter team of Laura and Cassie deals with the fact that the girl gave birth without anyone even noticing that she was pregnant. When she is given the chance to choose a different teammate-and does-emotions and rivalry ratchet up exponentially. Teens may well relate to Cassie, who feels alienated from her mother and unable to communicate about the most basic parts of her personality (most notably, that she is attracted to women). Laura's reaction is that of love and guilt. Despite being rejected, she keeps trying to find a way to connect to her daughter. An over-the-top, dramatic ending leaves some loose ends, but there is satisfaction in the resolution for a couple of the characters. Older teens may find that this book presses just the right buttons.-Charlotte Bradshaw, San Mateo County Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.