After 17 years, #1 internationally bestselling author John Connolly finally returns to the upside-down fairy tale world of his critically acclaimed novel The Book of Lost Things for a wonderfully dark yet moving book about loss, parenthood, and the place of books and stories in our lives.
“Twice upon a time—for that is how some stories should continue…”
Thus John Connolly begins his astonishingly original adventure set in a strange and magical universe. In The Land of Lost Things, the prolific, award-winning author again brilliantly blurs the boundaries of fantasy and reality while celebrating the redemptive power of the written word.
Phoebe, an eight-year-old girl, lies in a coma following a car accident. She is a body without a spirit, a stolen child. Ceres, her mother, can only sit by her bedside and read aloud to her the fairy stories she adores in the hope they might summon her back to this world. But it is so very hard to be patient, to
keep faith, to believe.
Now an old house on the hospital grounds, a property connected to a book written by a vanished author, is calling to Ceres, inviting her to open its door and enter a land colored by the memories of her childhood and the folklore she has shared with her precious daughter. In this familiar yet frightening place, Ceres will encounter friends and foes, witches and dryads, giants and mandrakes. But as she struggles to make sense of this landscape and decipher its hidden messages, old enemies are watching, and waiting.
Is this just a terrifying dream, or a way for Ceres to recover her daughter? And what sacrifices will a mother make in order to be reunited with her child? The only way to find out is by getting lost in another triumphantly fantastical novel from John Connolly.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS
“A moving fable, brilliantly imagined, about the agony of loss and the pain of young adulthood.”
–The Times (London)
“Enchanting, engrossing, and enlightening.” –The Sun-Sentinel, Florida
“Peculiar and perverse and humane.” –The Irish Times
About the Author:
If you haven't already had me yammer on about how awesome he is, read on. John Connolly is the internationally bestselling author of 30+ books, including The Book of Lost Things, the Charlie Parker series of mystery novels, the supernatural collections Nocturnes and Night Music, and the Samuel Johnson trilogy for young readers. His books have won literary honors such as the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards, and a CWA Dagger. Formerly a journalist with The Irish Times, he studied English at Trinity College, Dublin, journalism at Dublin City University, and is currently pursuing his PhD at University College Cork. He divides his time between his birthplace of Dublin, Ireland, and his home in Portland, Maine, the setting for many of his books. He is also the host of the long-running radio show ABC to XTC on RTE Gold, in which he returns to the music of his youth. For more information, visit JohnConnollyBooks.com.