The Department of Lost & Found

The Department of Lost & Found : A Novel

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"Allison Winn Scotch is the real deal and The Department of Lost and Found is one you absolutely won't want to miss."
--Johanna Edwards, author of The Next Big Thing

"Funny, touching, tender, true....I loved it."
--Pamela Redmond Satran, author of Suburbanistas

A Redbook Magazine Editor's Choice, Allison Winn Scotch's sparkling debut novel, The Department of Lost and Found, is a story that makes you laugh and cry in equal measure. This funny and uplifting tale of a young woman overcoming bad odds and changing her life, as she discovers unexpected truths about her friends, her family, and herself, is one that Julie Buxbaum and Jennifer Weiner fans will not soon forget.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 314 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 20.32mm | 612.35g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 006116142X
  • 9780061161421
  • 1,096,157

Back cover copy

It didn't start out as the worst day of Natalie Miller's life. . . .

As the top aide to New York's powerful woman senator, Natalie's moving rapidly up the political ladder. She works hard, stays late, and enjoys every bit of it. Then her neglected boyfriend announces he's leaving. But that's only the beginning. Her doctor gives her the worst news any woman can hear, and suddenly the life Natalie needs to change is her own.

The time has come for her to overcome her strange obsession with The Price Is Right and take a tough look at the choices she's made. She'll start by tracking down the five loves of her life in order to assess what went wrong. And by revisiting her past, Natalie just might discover exciting new paths to unexplored places--and learn how to stop barreling through life long enough to really embrace it.
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Review quote

"The Department of Lost and Found is honest, touching and funny. Winn Scotch's thoroughly engaging and optimistic debut simply sparkles!"--Claire Cook, author of Life's a Beach "Allison Winn Scotch's thoroughly engaging and optimistic debut novel simply sparkles!"--Claire Cook, author of Life's A Beach Editor's Choice: When [Natalie Miller's] carefully crafted life begins to crumble...she finds inspiration from unexpected people.--Redbook Magazine "A light, fast and fun read on a serious topic."--Philadelphia Inquirer "The changes and realizations that the characters make are profound and moving....An impressive debut."--Booklist "With a heroine who dares to be cranky and bitchy abour her disease while still attempting to keep her 'brave' game face on. The story is real, honest, engrossing, and funny, too. Plus any book with a Bob Barker cameo is aces with me."--Valerie Frankel Where you should read it: On the beach. It's smart and well-written, but still divertingly light.--Marie Claire Told with humor and hope for a happier ending, this heartwarming debut will encourage readers to take stock.--Theta magazine
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About Allison Winn Scotch

Allison Winn Scotch is the author of the New York Times bestseller Time of My Life and The One That I Want. She lives in New York with her family.
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Rating details

2,181 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 21% (450)
4 40% (883)
3 30% (653)
2 7% (149)
1 2% (46)
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