Lost

Lost

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
As an ordinary German family flees advancing Russian troops in 1945, they leave behind their first son, Arnold, a loss that has a profound impact on their younger son's life as his parents become obsessed with finding their lost child

Blackwell North Amer
Lost walks us into what we think is familiar territory and then suddenly turns all our expectations upside down.
An ordinary German family flees from the advancing Russian army in 1945, makes it to safety, and starts over, painstakingly building a new life in the postwar economic miracle. But in the refugee trek west there was a victim, and that victim was the firstborn son, Arnold.
"Arnold isn't dead. He didn't starve, either," is what the little brother, the narrator of this story, is finally told by his parents when he is about eight years old. "I was only just beginning to understand that Arnold, my un-dead brother, had the leading role in the family, and had assigned me a supporting part." The search is on. Finding lost Arnold is his parents' dream. It is the little brother's nightmare.

Baker
& Taylor

As an ordinary German family flees advancing Russian troops in 1945, they leave behind their first son, Arnold, a loss that has a profound impact on their younger son's life as his parents become obsessed with finding their lost child. A first novel. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1999
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780375406270
0375406271
Characteristics: 136 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Janeway, Carol Brown

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 11, 2014

This grimly comic novel of family life in postwar Germany, narrated by a young boy who has grown up in his lost brother’s shadow, falls somewhere between parable and farce. Both thought provoking and highly entertaining, Lost would be a great book club choice.

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