The Secret of Lost Things

Publisher: Anchor
Eighteen years old and completely alone, Rosemary arrives in New York from Tasmania with little other than her love of books and an eagerness to explore the city. Taking a job at a vast, chaotic emporium of used and rare books called the Arcade, she knows she has found a home. But when Rosemary reads a letter from someone seeking to “place” a lost manuscript by Herman Melville, the bookstore erupts with simmering ambitions and rivalries. Including actual correspondence by Melville, The Secret of Lost Things is at once a literary adventure and evocative portrait of a young woman making a life for herself in the city.

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Chapter One


I was born before this story starts, before I dreamed of such a place as the Arcade, before I imagined men like Walter Geist existed outside of fables, outside of fairy tales. My time at the Arcade would have gone very differently but for him, for his blindness. His eyes were nearly useless...
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READING GUIDE

"Altogether enchanting. . . . Anyone susceptible to the sorcery of books is likely to fall under the spell of this one." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

The introduction, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading that follow are designed to stimulate your group's discussion of...
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PRAISE FOR

“Altogether enchanting. . . . Anyone susceptible to the sorcery of books is likely to fall under the spell of this one.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer"An engrossing coming-of-age story full of intriguing secrets. . . . A memorable debut." —The Seattle Times"Intricate. . . . Hay interpolates passages by Melville, Auden, and Borges, skillfully using them to illuminate both the significance of the lost text and her heroine's interior journey." —The New Yorker"A lyrical, exciting writer. . . . The best way for a novelist to celebrate books is to write a good one. And The Secret of Lost Things is just that." —The New York Times Book Review