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Book Discussion: What was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn

A tender and sharply observant debut novel about a missing young girl—winner of the Costa First Novel Award and long-listed for the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and The Guardian First Book Award

In the 1980s, Kate Meaney—“Top Secret” notebook and toy monkey in tow—is hard at work as a junior detective. Busy trailing “suspects” and carefully observing everything around her at the newly opened Green Oaks shopping mall, she forms an unlikely friendship with Adrian, the son of a local shopkeeper. But when this curious, independent-spirited young girl disappears, Adrian falls under suspicion and is hounded out of his home by the press.

Then, in 2003, Adrian’s sister Lisa—stuck in a dead-end relationship—is working as a manager at Your Music, a discount record store. Every day she tears her hair out at the outrageous behavior of her customers and colleagues. But along with a security guard, Kurt, she becomes entranced by the little girl glimpsed on the mall’s surveillance cameras. As their after-hours friendship intensifies, Lisa and Kurt investigate how these sightings might be connected to the unsettling history of Green Oaks itself. Written with warmth and wit, What Was Lost is a haunting debut from an incredible new talent.

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  • Ashley

    We are at barlata's on the corner

    January 20, 2014

  • Anna

    So it looks like we will not be able to get into Marc 49 due to it being booked for restaurant week. I am looking into options for another place. Let's plan to meet in front

    January 20, 2014

    • Ashley

      I'm finishing up some food on the patio.

      January 20, 2014

    • Lizzy

      Let us know where you ended up!

      January 20, 2014

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    Something came up, so I can't make it! I'm excited to meet you ladies next time! The book was really enjoyable.

    January 20, 2014

    • Anna

      Thanks for letting us know!

      January 20, 2014

  • Jennika

    Not sure I'm going to make it. Erick invited a bunch of people over to watch the warriors. But I still might drop by!

    January 20, 2014

    • Ashley

      Wouldn't you rather drink wine and hang out with us? ;)

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