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All the Lost Things

By: Michelle Sacks
Narrated by: Cassandra Morris
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A simmering family drama about a father and daughter who embark on a road trip through the American South - but what they're leaving behind is as important as what lies ahead.

When we first meet seven-year-old Dolly, she immediately grabs us with a voice that is both precocious and effervescent. It has been a while since her dad has spent time with her, just the two of them, and so when he scoops her up and promises to take her on the adventure of a lifetime, Dolly is thrilled.

The first days on the road are incredibly exciting. Every pit stop promises a new delight for Dolly and her favourite plastic horse, Clemesta, who she's brought along for the adventure. There are milkshakes, shopping sprees, a theme park, and all the junk food she isn't allowed to eat under her mother's watchful eye. And, for the first time, she has her father's attention all to herself. But as they travel further south, into a country Dolly no longer recognizes, her dad's behavior grows increasingly erratic. He becomes paranoid and irresponsible, even a little scary. The adventure isn't fun anymore, but home is ever farther away. And Dolly isn't sure if she'll ever get back.

A compulsively listenable work of psychological suspense from the first mile to the last, All the Lost Things introduces a remarkable young heroine who leaps off the page, charts a life-changing journey, and ultimately reveals the sometimes heartbreaking intersections of love, truth, and memory.

©2019 Michelle Sacks (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"Sacks's second novel is another family drama tinged with psychological suspense.... Dolly's unreliability as a narrator, owing to the simple fact that she is a child, adds suspense and results in a surprising twist." (Kathy Sexton, Booklist)

"A slim road trip into mystery firmly in the vein of Emma Donoghue's Room.... Dolly is a funny and surprisingly substantive little girl, and an acute observer of human behavior.... Surprisingly emotional." (Vanessa Friedman, New York Times Book Review)

"This book carried the power of Emma Donoghue's amazing Room.... I loved this enchanting book. Dolly Rust captivated me from the first page and I could not look away. I am in awe of Michelle Sacks's writing skill in finding a unique voice that is precocious and pure, innocent and wise, tender and brave. She climbs into a seven-year-old's mind whose world is broken and steers us over rocky roads to a safe haven." (Leah Weiss, best-selling author of If The Creek Don't Rise)

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