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Lost    by Alice Lichtenstein order for
by Alice Lichtenstein
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Scribner, 2010 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Lost must surely depict the worst nightmare for an Alzheimer's caregiver. Susan has taken what she feels are a few well-deserved minutes for herself. Her husband Christopher is safely asleep and she needs a breather. Returning to her home after a brief walk, she finds that he is gone.

Christopher is unable to care for himself and Susan is close to panic. The ground is covered with snow and the temperature low. A full-scale search ensues without results.

At the same time, a young boy who is considered a pyromaniac is hurrying to what he feels is his refuge in the woods. A place where no one will tease him and call him names. What he does will shock the reader. But, on reflection, maybe one can see the incident through his eyes.

Alice Lichtenstein's Lost is a sensitively written scenario. One which will make the reader pause at times to reflect on their own difficult situations - and how they handled past curves in the road.

The characters examine and reveal their own personalities throughout this strained ordeal. They see their flaws and recognize how they might have handled past events better. This, however, does not stall them in pursuing their main objective to rescue Christopher.

Life was good and will be good again as long as they can accept whatever this search brings. At least they are doing something. Lost is a caring, gentle story with a big message.

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