Lost and Wanted Lost and Wanted

Lost and Wanted

A novel

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Publisher Description

New York Times Best Seller
Named a Best Book of 2019 by Vogue and NPR's Maureen Corrigan

"Freudenberger's brilliant and compassionate novel takes on the big questions of the universe and proves, again, that she is one of America's greatest writers." --Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less

An emotionally engaging, suspenseful new novel from the best-selling author, told in the voice of a renowned physicist: an exploration of female friendship, romantic love, and parenthood--bonds that show their power in surprising ways.

Helen Clapp's breakthrough work on five-dimensional spacetime landed her a tenured professorship at MIT; her popular books explain physics in plain terms. Helen disdains notions of the supernatural in favor of rational thought and proven ideas. So it's perhaps especially vexing for her when, on an otherwise unremarkable Wednesday in June, she gets a phone call from a friend who has just died.

That friend was Charlotte Boyce, Helen's roommate at Harvard. The two women had once confided in each other about everything--in college, the unwanted advances Charlie received from a star literature professor; after graduation, Helen's struggles as a young woman in science, Charlie's as a black screenwriter in Hollywood, their shared challenges as parents. But as the years passed, Charlie became more elusive, and her calls came less and less often. And now she's permanently, tragically gone.

As Helen is drawn back into Charlie's orbit, and also into the web of feelings she once had for Neel Jonnal--a former college classmate now an acclaimed physicist on the verge of a Nobel Prize-winning discovery--she is forced to question the laws of the universe that had always steadied her mind and heart.

Suspenseful, perceptive, deeply affecting, Lost and Wanted is a story of friends and lovers, lost and found, at the most defining moments of their lives.

Fiction & Literature
April 2
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

LCAronsohn ,

Lost and wanted... Wanted a better edit

Although I quite enjoyed he book, it was frustrating when I realized it hadn't been given a careful edit. Not only to snare the dozen or so typos, but larger story pieces that were not consistent. First Aunt Penny never married. Then a couple chapters later, we are told that she had married when she was quite young... Which was it?

Nobody yet. ,

Gravitational Ars Poetica

The author creates a character whose mind gives the science of physics an almost mystical beauty. She is haunted by the recent death of a close friend and that loss forces a new awareness of reality that redefines the laws of gravity into personal metaphor. For her, they are able to describe the relationship she has just lost and an ongoing sphere of influence. Loss is a collective experience, lived differently by each individual. One person dies, many exeunt. A beautiful story, well executed.

EnglishMajorProblems ,


So well written and researched. I googled Nell to check to see if she was a physicist in her past life!
Wholly recommend.

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