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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,133 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sheridan Hay Narrator: Vanessa Benjamin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Eighteen years old and completely alone, Rosemary arrives in New York from Tasmania with little more than a love of books and eagerness to explore the city she’s read so much about. She begins her search for independence with appealing enthusiasm, and the moment she steps into the Arcade bookstore, she knows she has found a home. The gruff owner, Mr. Pike, gives her a job sorting through piles of books and helping the rest of the staff, a group as odd as the characters in a Dickens novel. But when a letter arrives from someone seeking to “place” a lost manuscript by Herman Melville, the simmering ambitions and rivalries of the Arcade staff rise to a boiling point.

The Secret of Lost Things is at once a literary adventure and an evocative portrait of life in a bookstore very reminiscent of the world-famous Strand.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hay’s writing is lively and relaxed…the best way for a novelist to celebrate books is to write a good one. And The Secret of Lost Things is just that.”

    New York Times Book Reviews

  • “Hay does a good job with innocent, intelligent Rosemary’s attempts to deal with sinister doings and…captures Rosemary’s nostalgic memories of Tasmania…”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Benjamin’s clear, luminous voice draws listeners in, adding a touch of mystery to this appealing audio.”


  • “Rosemary’s journey from naiveté to self-knowledge is realistically portrayed and compelling, as are Hay’s loving depictions of 1980s-era New York City and the wonder of a young woman discovering it for the first time.”


  • “A triangle of unrequited love and a tussle over an apocryphal Melville manuscript enliven Hay’s bildungsroman.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vivian | 2/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, mostly because it is set in New York City. The descriptions of The Arcade were so reminiscent of The Strand that I got homesick. I loved the story line and the quirky characters. Recommended, especially for book lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alexis DeBrunner | 2/17/2014

    " I think the key to this book was the strangeness of the characters. Oscars asexuality, Geist's albinism, Pearls gender transition, and more. These elements made an otherwise subtle story line come to life and keep me interested till the very end. This book also made me want to start reading more Herman Melville... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andrea | 2/16/2014

    " This book is haunting and lyrical with characters that stay in your mind. There is a fragile nature to every character in this book that speaks to the fragile nature of all human-beings. The story made me think of what I value in my life;what is really important to me. What consumes some people ultimately destroys them or they are awakened and rise to a new level of understanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leslie | 2/5/2014

    " Really, really good. I hope she writes a new book every year! "

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About the Author

Sheridan Hay earned an MFA in writing and literature from Bennington. She worked in bookstores and in trade publishing in both her native Australia and in New York, where she has lived for the past twenty years