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Our Lady of the Lost and Found: A Novel of Mary, Faith, and Friendship Paperback – July 30, 2002
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Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
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"A graceful novel...lovely, clever [and] imaginative." —The Wall Street Journal
"A clever hybrid of religious fairy tale and straight up spiritual inquest, this visitation of the blessed virgin is a holy hoot." —Elle
About the Author
Diane Schoemperlen is the author of Our Lady of the Lost and Found; In the Language of Love; and five short story collections, including Forms of Devotion, which won the Governor General's Award for Fiction in 1998; and The Man of My Dreams, which was nominated for a Governor General's Award and a Trillium Award.
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Does the novel always succeed? No, but that doesn't alter my five-star rating; the parts that work for me (of which more below) are wonderful, and it is marvelous to read a book that tries to tackle some pretty big issues. The parts I wasn't so wild about? Unfortunately, the many retellings of miracles and sightings of Mary through the ages tended to remind me of the things about religion that trouble me. For all that she's a kind of literary Mary Sue, too, the narrator remained a bit fuzzy to me as a person.
But this all pales besides the celebration of female friendship that, to me, is central to the book. Mary is a heavenly house guest and a girl's best friend, a perspective that captures, even if it does not explore, the feminine dimension of the divine that has proved so attractive to modern theologians (both Catholic and Protestant) who have been rediscovering Mary.
She also shares her thoughts and opinions about several topics,
with a sincerity which seems surprising to me.
In this respect, the book is very interesting.
Perhaps by reading ths book we will not learn much about the Virgin Mary,
but we will have a glimpse of the interior life of the author,
which is, perhaps, the most important issue that we can find in a book.