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Author: Alice Lichtenstein Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781481569637
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On a cold January morning Susan leaves her husband alone for a few minutes and returns to find him gone. He has Alzheimer’s, and he has wandered alone into a frigid landscape with no sense of home or direction. Lost.

The massive search for her husband brings Susan together with Jeff, a search and rescue expert and social worker preoccupied with his young wife’s betrayal. In Jeff’s care is Corey, a young boy rendered mute and abandoned by his family after setting a fire in which his older brother was killed.

As the temperature drops and the search and rescue effort builds towards a startling climax, each of the three reflects on their life choices as they struggle with haunting and persistent questions: how am I responsible? What more could I have done?

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Quotes & Awards

  • Lost is a remarkable feat in technical craftsmanship that is nonetheless shot through with much raw feeling. Alice Lichtenstein is an author not to be missed.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “[A] brief, touching novel…Lichtenstein finds a remarkable amount of tension in the small choices her characters make…[her] compassion for, and understanding of, her characters make Lost worth reading.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “Here is a virtuoso novel which manages to be both a nail-biting page turner and a lyrical meditation on fate and longing…This is the type of book you'll want to press into the hands of everyone you know.”

    Rebecca Godfrey, author of Under the Bridge

  • Lost is a remarkably complex and intricately told story…constantly surprising and always illuminating.”

    Robb Forman Dew, author of Dale Loves Sophie to Death

  • Lost is gripping, riveting, electrifying, arresting, and sometimes frightening. Highly emotional and understatedly intelligent, with several narratives that come together seamlessly and unpredictably. And Susan is a great lead character: warm, complicated and totally believable. I hate to say it because it’ll sound so commonplace, but it's got to be said: I literally couldn’t put this book down.”

    Stephen Dixon, author of Meyer

  • “The unending toll of bereavement and trauma contrasts with a glimmer of hope brought by the characters’ newfound connection in this stark and moving novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “MacDuffie’s cool reading is a perfect match for the stark story and winter landscape; she conveys both sadness and increasing suspense as the search drags on. Her matter-of-fact manner makes the occasional raw language and violence fit the story and characters. MacDuffie's performance of this moving and compelling novel makes this a good fit for domestic-fiction fans.”


  • “Narrator Carrington MacDuffie, a recording artist, singer, writer, and actress, fully voices this story. She captures the three main voices with clarity and sensitivity.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 6/16/2011

    " From the preview, I didn't expect to like this as much as I do. The interplay of the characters is masterful and I loved the ending. Though a bit predictable, it was satisfying. The backflashes were confusing at times but there are fully developed backstories for all the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miko | 5/3/2011

    " Interesting novel with a surprise ending. A scientist calls a tracker to help when her architect husband stricken with Alzheimer's goes missing in the snow. both share their tales as they await news from the search team. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoAnn/QuAppelle | 11/11/2010

    " An okay book...lots of flashbacks, which makes me crazy!

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Worth | 11/10/2010

    " Excellent read - tight and well written; deals sensitively with multiple themes, including Alzheimer's and love lost. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerry | 11/8/2010

    " depressing and not original. The characters could have had so much more depth to them to make them appealing. Didn't quite make any connection to them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamye | 10/4/2010

    " The story line was ok but the author kept jumping around from past to present, character to character and the narrator was pretty boring! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/30/2010

    " Wow, very sad book from the eyes of a caregiver "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 8/13/2010

    " Received this book free in a swag bag. Well written and good enough, not great by any stretch. Kept my interest and was a decent read. It probably was the first book I've read dealing with Alzheimer's so it was eye opening in that respect.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 7/30/2010

    " I have to say, I loved this book. The ending left me wanting a bit more. I felt I knew each of the characters and genuinely liked the lead character. I just like this authors style and hope to hear more from her! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 7/24/2010

    " This book had a simple plot and was a quick read. I liked the story but never really connected with any of the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anita | 7/13/2010

    " This was hard to get into. I didn't really like any of the characters, even though I sympathized with them. Meh. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 6/21/2010

    " There was a swear word in the third paragraph of the book. I tried to let it slide and continue then a few pages later there were more than five very vulgar words. I had to put the book down at that point. I wish there was a rating system for books like there is in movies! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eleanor | 6/9/2010

    " This is a complex book of many lost and some found - a search and rescue book of the highest degree. Lots to talk about if you read it in a book group. "

About the Author

Alice Lichtenstein graduated from Brown University and was named the Boston University Fellow in creative writing. She has received a New York Foundation of the Arts grant in fiction and has twice been a Fellow at the prestigious MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. She has taught at Boston University, Wheaton College, Lesley College, and the Harvard University Summer School. She now teaches at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.

About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.