Monday, December 14, 2009

Top 60 Novels of 2000-2009 Countdown, No. 17

Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst

Like Niagara Falls All Over Again, Lost and Found followed the well-reviewed first novel of a new author, and it seemed to get less publicity. Yet I liked Lost and Found more than Parkhurst's Dogs of Babel; Babel was a strong affecting novel, but I liked the structure of Lost and Found more -- it focuses on an "Amazing Race"-style television reality show in which family members team up to solve clues and circumnavigate the globe for prizes and glory. Of course, the characters are hiding their own "realities" -- pregnancy, sexual orientation and other secrets -- that come out as the show finds its way to Ireland. This actually was a lot more exciting than some thrillers I've tried to read. 

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