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Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger
Literary fiction

Lost and Wanted

by Nell Freudenberger

Quick take

A genre-bending novel of love, loss, and 5D spacetime.

Good to know

  • Psychological

  • Slow build

  • Nonlinear timeline

  • Brainy

Very challenging read

  • In-depth scientific concepts
  • Slow pace to start
  • Plot is not action-oriented

Why I love it

Before we get into everything that makes this book so great, our editorial team wants to be clear on one thing: Lost and Wanted is a very challenging, occasionally slow-going literary work that won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. It’s also quite brilliant but, well, you’ve been warned.

The story follows Helen Clapp, a physicist and single mom whose work on astrophysics has garnered her tenure at MIT,...


Helen Clapp is a physics professor. She doesn't believe in pseudoscience, or time travel, and especially not in ghosts. So when she gets a missed call from Charlie, her closest friend from university with whom she hasn't spoken in over a year, Helen thinks there must be some mistake. Because Charlie died two days ago.

Then when her young son, Jack, claims to have seen Charlie in their house just ...


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    April 2019