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Heuer Lost and Found Paperback – April 23, 2015
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To put things in perspective, let us consider a phone call to a funeral house early in the story. It begins with the line: “This is Werner Heuer, Herr Forsythe. My wife and I have need of your services today. My son is dead.” Now consider the sentiment of Mr. Forsythe on the other end, depicted a few lines later: Charlie, calculating profit after disbursements, felt better already.
The author’s mastery begins with the very element she chooses to play with to pacify the contrast in her story - time. She opens the door at the universally agonizing hour of 9 AM on a Monday, then begins to step back, before we’re suddenly flung back to Day One: Postmortem - 15 minutes on. The only constant from then on is subtle versions of time-swing that soaks us in.
It is fascinating to watch people on two sides of a wall - oblivious to each other and looking at the same thing in an entirely different way - talk to each other but not listen. This is especially so when that wall is the border between life and after-life. In the story, we have Enid on one side, who loses someone once important to her - Heuer - without a chance to say a final goodbye. On the other side, we have Heuer whose story, and in some way, life itself unfolds after his death. As I recently expressed to the author in an interview, in a single stroke she introduces us to both our greatest fear and our greatest wish.Read more ›
The unusual catalyst? We have a man who dies but is still extremely vocal and active. But if his experiences beyond the Grim Reaper are typical, then I advise you, new readers, to stay in this life – or find some parallel universe.
The writing style is racy with no words wasted. Early example: “May had given over to June with its outdoor patios and brain blasting surround sound systems—zesty realities that didn’t always mesh with work.” Midway example: “A tall lamp of ancient origin flickered in a large room ahead of him. Piled high with boxes and debris—a compendium of past lives—the space reminded him of a place he’d just come from and was not anxious to see again.” Late example: “Heuer looked at his smooth hands—a musician’s hands—with their perfectly tapered fingers filled with music that went unplayed. Peace? There was no peace to be made with Werner.”
It’s all tidily edited and I didn’t keep tripping over typos.
The characters are painted clearly right from the start, not in laborious detail, but in the little hints and the ways in which they do things.
A lot of care, background knowledge and zest with the pen has gone into this book.
Now I ask you, is that an appropriate setting to ponder some of life’s perplexing enigma’s?
Gifted author A. B. Funkhauser’s inside knowledge of the industry tackles this challenge with a compelling story centered around a very dead yet entertainingly eloquent protagonist and his alcohol-propelled former love who happens to be a funeral director. What follows is a captivating read with more twists and turns than a casket full of earthworms. HEUER LOST AND FOUND is a delightful literary adventure crossing numerous genres--horror, mystery, humor, thriller – you pick – leaving no doubt why this brilliant debut novel is winning top awards. Fair warning: only those who pay close attention will fully appreciate this stunningly clever plot.
The story is told on several levels that intertwine: the inner workings of a funeral home, the relationships among its workers, and their histories that continue to haunt them and direct their mindsets and interactions - most notably the shroud of Nazi Germany that hangs over some of them.
I found this quirky tale that contains strong - and often quite amusing - supernatural elements, to be unique. Funkhauser's vivid imagination is portrayed deftly in this, her debut novel.
For a fun read that also challenges readers to come to grips with their legacies, I recommend Heuer Lost and Found.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I must state that I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
This is a witty, fun look into the functions and disfunctions of a funeral home... Read more
Mesmerizing, gritty, hilarious, and unlike anything you've ever read before. I could not put this book down. Seriously, you will not be disappointed.Published 13 months ago by Marissa Campbell
Heuer Lost and Found
When you’re dead, you’re dead right? Apparently not! The main character Heuer the lawyer, ‘bumps’ into his ex Enid, and a colourful array of characters... Read more
This is not your typical ghost story, especially for dear Heuer, recently deceased. Such a puzzle of a man. Read morePublished 16 months ago by LindaKS
Heuer, the lawyer, is not a likeable character, but by the end of the book you are rooting for him to succeed in being "found". Read morePublished 17 months ago by Maighread MacKay
Ms. A.B Funkhauser is a brilliant and wacky writer incapable of dumbing things down and amen for that. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rachael Stapleton