- “The Keeper of Lost Things” by Ruth Hogan
- Contemporary Fiction
- Read as a physical book as part of the Markup Book Club
- 3/5 stars
- Finished October 11, 2018
A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.
Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.
Bone china cup and saucer—Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.
Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.
Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.
As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?
This book was one of the books that came for my Markup Book Club and it weirdly took me a lot of time to work through it. The book is told in two different time periods, one in the present day with Laura, and one through the years with Eunice. Laura works for Anthony, who collects lost things and writes short stories about each item. When he passes away, he leaves everything to Laura and requests that she do everything she can to get the lost things back to their owners to the best of her ability. Eunice, on the other hand, has lost something.
This book was very sweet and wonderful, it reminded me a lot of what I’ve read of “The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss in the writing style which was nice. The book is peppered with short stories and I actually really enjoyed them. I typically am not a short story person but these were genuinely amazing. There’s also a character named Sunshine who it’s alluded to is magic, but she strikes me very much as autistic which is very cool. The book seemed a little slow at times, however, and the romance subplot was kind of boring and I didn’t find myself very interested. It was hard because you knew the two stories would come together, but the anticipation didn’t really seem to build to bring them together. This book was a smooth read, and one you could easily read in a day. Possibly a beach read but also a little deep for that. There were some wonderful humorous elements throughout that I enjoyed, and one of the cool things about the markup book club is that I get to see other peoples comments! I would recommend this book to others, especially people who like contemporary novels on the lighter side. I listened to the audiobook as well and it was really amazing!
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