I picked up Lost by Jacqueline Davies based on a recommendation by Melissa Wiley via Twitter. I really loved this book and haven’t seen it anywhere, so am happy to give it some airtime it rightfully deserves.
(I need to tell you that it’s hard to tell you the plot without giving something away, so I’ll do my best.)
Lost is about Essie, a 17-year-old Jewish girl who lives in Manhattan in 1911. She works at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, which means she can’t take care of her 6-year-old sister, Zelda, quite so much, but Essie promises to make it up to Zelda.
Essie is tasked with helping one of the new girls, Harriet, at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, and they quickly become friends. There’s something about Harriet that Essie relates to, something tragic and sorrowful. Something about her that’s lost.
As you dig deeper into Lost, you learn that Essie’s mental state might not be all that stable. The author wonderfully goes back and forth between the present and the past, putting a puzzle together that slowly takes shape.
Essie has to navigate through loss and despair so she can get to acceptance and move forward with her life. Woven in with Essie’s journey is the fictionalized account of the disappearance of Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold, a wealthy heiress.
And I know I don’t have a lot to say about Lost, but it was really good! I love the historical aspect of the book, and the author’s imagining of what happened to Dorothy Arnold. This book reminds us how far we’ve come in so little time. It’s terrible what wages used to be, how hard employers were allowed to work their employees, and in what conditions those employees were expected to work. I would offer this book to a young adult so they could get a glimpse of how things used to be, and how important and amazing it is that we’ve come so far. I ate this book up, and I’m sure young adults will as well.
Rating: 90 out of 100
Check out Jacqueline Davies website.
No other blogger has read and reviewed this book. 🙁
Book source: I checked this book out from the library.
And one more thing? If you click on one of the Lost links and buy something from Amazon, I’ll make a commission! Mwahahahaha!! Maybe with the pennies I make I’ll be able to call someone who cares.
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