The Secret of Lost Things

The Secret of Lost Things

A Novel

eBook - 2008
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Eighteen years old and completely alone, Rosemary arrives in New York from Tasmania with little other than her love of books and an eagerness to explore the city. Taking a job at a vast, chaotic emporium of used and rare books called the Arcade, she knows she has found a home. But when Rosemary reads a letter from someone seeking to "place" a lost manuscript by Herman Melville, the bookstore erupts with simmering ambitions and rivalries. Including actual correspondence by Melville, The Secret of Lost Things is at once a literary adventure and evocative portrait of a young woman making a life for herself in the city.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2008
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780307389510
Characteristics: 354 p. ;,21 cm


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Mar 14, 2017

Probably one of the worst novels I have ever read. Trite and common. The characters read like caricatures with no real, believable depth or dynamic traits. The main character is difficult to accept as a believable persona. The plot is actually quite predictable with gratuitous sexual innuendo. Really felt I wasted my time when I read this.

Dec 12, 2007

Tasmanian Rosemary, who is herself a lost thing, moves to New York city after her mother''s death. She finds a job in a huge bookshop called the Arcade that is also full of lost books and staff. Here they spend their days in different sections trying to keep things from being misplaced. With their boss watching from a platform where he barks orders as he prices the books, the staff play a game called "who knows" in order to locate the books. Rosemary''s supervisor and admirer is Walter Geist, an albino. And these are just two of the odd characters that inhabit the shop! Soon Rosemary finds herself caught up in the intrigue over a missing and unpublished Herman Melville novel. How it all unravels is one of the best parts of the book in this clever story of lust and lost things.

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