I mentioned I had read an entire book on the flight to FL. How to Be Lost is the book I was talking about. I previously wrote in The Same Sky review I had already read it, but when I read it on the plane, it wasn’t what I recalled at all.
Oh well. Now I’ve read it and I’m happy to report I absolutely loved it.
Joseph and Isabelle Winters seem to have it all: a grand home in Holt, New York, a trio of radiant daughters, and a sense that they are safe in their affluent corner of America. But when five-year-old Ellie disappears, the fault lines within the family are exposed: Joseph, once a successful businessman, succumbs to his demons; Isabelle retreats into memories of her debutante days in Savannah; and Ellie’s bereft sisters grow apart–Madeline reluctantly stays home, while Caroline runs away.
Fifteen years later, Caroline, now a New Orleans cocktail waitress, sees a photograph of a woman in a magazine. Convinced that it is Ellie all grown up, Caroline embarks on a search for her missing sister. Armed with copies of the photo, an amateur detective guide, and a cooler of Dixie beer, Caroline travels through the New Mexico desert, the mountains of Colorado, and the smoky underworld of Montana, determined to salvage her broken family.
Like in The Same Sky, I was sucked in. I wanted Caroline to find her sister, I wanted the family to be put back together. Damnit, I wanted these people to have a happy ending!
This book tackled depression, abuse, loss, personal response to tragedy in an interesting way. I don’t know that I loved all of it, but it was part of their story and added to the story.
If there was something negative to say, it would be that this one didn’t fit together quite as well as The Same Sky and the way the characters narratives were woven together could have been more smooth. I still think it was a good read.
Have you picked up an Amanda Eyre Ward book yet? What are you waiting for?
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