Lost: A Novel

By Gregory Maguire

“A tremendous, perceptive, and deeply relocating fable.”
Boston Sunday Globe

 

Publishers Weekly calls Gregory Maguire’s Lost “a deftly written, compulsively readable modern day ghost story.” Brilliantly weaving jointly the literary threads of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and the Jack the Ripper stories, the bestselling writer of The depraved Years canon creates an enthralling fairy story for the fashionable international. With Lost, Maguire—who re-imagined a darker, extra risky oz., and encouraged the production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway blockbuster Wicked—delivers a haunting story of shadows and phantoms and issues going bump within the evening, confirming his acceptance as “one of up to date fiction’s so much guaranteed myth-makers” (Kirkus Reviews).

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I don’t recognize. have you ever any principles? ” “Ideas i've got lots of, yet principles! ” She waved her hand, as though completely acutely aware how demented she was once turning into. “It’s fur and claw i need, now not principles! ” “The different cats are round, i suppose? ” “Around, i suppose, definite, I’d say they have been. ” Winnie neither observed nor heard something of them, however the detailed residence scent used to be lately refreshed, even ripe. “Did you glance outdoors? ” “He’s no longer an outdoor cat,” acknowledged Mrs. Maddingly with surprising inflammation. “How repeatedly have I to remind you?

Nine-fifteen, and we’re nonetheless lacking, let’s see, 5 couples,” stated Mabel, counting. “Well. Latecomers should fend for themselves. Now. So. ” She had fanned piles of photocopies at her ft. She peered down at them dubiously, after which stated, “First issues first. The identify factor, the round-the-room factor, a note or : who you're, the place you’ve come from this morning, something own you must percentage approximately why you’re right here. No strain. ” Winnie shrank into her sweatshirt. In Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland, Alice might smallify herself by way of sipping from a tube of whatever that stated DRINK ME, yet in actual existence you simply reduced in size within.

She walked Winnie to the door, one of those senior citizen bouncer. In a decrease voice she acknowledged, “They be aware of who you're. They left me a notice in my field, yet I didn’t see it simply because i used to be past due, what with the rain and all. You utilized less than a pseudonym? Why? you'll have guessed they don’t let that. ” “I’m certain there’s been a few mistake,” acknowledged Winnie, blathering a little, “but it doesn’t topic. I’m going in a foreign country the following day besides. i will be able to use the time to pack. And the roads are just going to worsen. ” She picked up her issues and attempted to not stream too rapidly.

I’d such as you to close up and get out of my life,” she acknowledged to the recorded voice, and changed the receiver with a bang. shortly the telephone rang back. She seemed left and right—what if an outsider were breaking into the home during the basement simply as she was once letting herself within the entrance door? What if she wasn’t on my own in the following? She picked up the receiver and held it out, ready to listen to a voice. not anyone spoke, yet there has been a hiss back. “John? ” she stated. “Is that you simply? ” one other pause, then a voice.

Why don’t you simply move. Please? seize a sandwich or anything. We’re going to have a few tea. ” “Wouldn’t scarper off, leaving my mate the following, now not with useless Mr. C within the partitions, no, darlin’, no. ” She stopped speaking to him then, made cups of tea, and sat down as regards to Jenkins. “This is all going to appear so ridiculous whilst {92} At the Flat in Weatherall stroll we unravel it,” she acknowledged. “Please. I don’t care what you dreamed. ” “Tell her. ” “I don’t carry through dreams,” stated Jenkins, “it’s no longer my method.

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