Quick Book Review: Lost & Found by Tom Winter
February 22, 2013 18 Comments
This book was described as the next The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. I never believe that kind of marketing talk, but in this case, yes, it is a bit like that lovely book by Rachel Joyce (I read it, but didn’t write a review yet).
This book has two main characters who don’t know each other. First we meet Carol, almost 40 years old, with a husband and a grown up daughter. She’s had enough of her life as a good wife to a boring husband and today is the day that she’ll tell him she’s leaving. But before she gets the chance, he tells her he’s got a lump, which turns out to be malignant. So she does “the right thing” and stays. Her friend suggests she writes her troubles in letters to “the universe”, as this should make her feel better about her situation.
The other character is Albert, a postman nearing his pension and considered a bit useless at work. He’s sidetracked into the undeliverable mail room, where he is to sort the mail that is going to be destroyed, as no recipient nor sender can be found for it. There, he finds Carols’s letters. These cheer him up and make him think that life may be worthwhile after all.
This was a fun and easy read. It deals with heavy topics but in a lighthearted way. For instance, the way Albert, a pensioner, is treated at work and at home (by his neighbours). Carol, staying in her loveless marriage with a secret from long ago. Both characters were very likable. While they are in very different situations, Carol’s letters do help Albert to make something of his life before it’s too late, and that is wonderful. Meanwhile, Carol’s letters are helping herself as well, as things become clearer to her.
I very much enjoyed reading this book.
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)
Number of pages: 320
First published: 2013
I got this: an ARC for review from the publishers, Corsair (Constable & Robinson)
Genre: contemporary fiction