Lost in the Moment and Found
Winner: 2022 Hugo Award for Best Series
A 2023 Indie Next Pick!
A LibraryReads Hall of Fame Inductee!
A young girl discovers an infinite variety of worlds in this standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Wayward Children series from Seanan McGuire, Lost in the Moment and Found.
Welcome to the Shop Where the Lost Things Go.
If you ever lost a sock, you’ll find it here.
If you ever wondered about a favorite toy from childhood... it’s probably sitting on a shelf in the back.
And the headphones that you swore this time you’d keep safe? You guessed it….
Antoinette has lost her father. Metaphorically. He’s not in the Shop, and she’ll never see him again. But when Antsy finds herself lost (literally, this time), she discovers that however many doors open for her, leaving the Shop for good might not be as simple as it sounds.
And stepping through those doors exacts a price.
Lost in the Moment and Found tells us that childhood and innocence, once lost, can never be found.
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Hugo Award winner McGuire manages to make some extreme tonal shifts work together beautifully in her bittersweet eighth Wayward Children novella (after Where the Drowned Girls Go). By the age of seven, Antoinette "Antsy" Ricci has lost many important things, among them her father, who had a heart attack in front of her; her trust in grown-ups, which is destroyed by her mother consistently believing her creepy new husband, Tyler, over Antsy; and her ability to feel safe in her own home, as Tyler watches her constantly. When Tyler makes his pedophilic intentions clear, Antsy runs away. The squirmy dread of this domestic opening gives way to whimsical adventure once Antsy stumbles upon the Shop Where the Lost Things Go, a mystical nexus between worlds. She's greeted by talking magpie Hudson and Vineta, an elderly woman, who show her the ropes of her strange new home and use Antsy to open doors to other worlds. This setup allows McGuire to have a lot of fun in myriad alternate realities (including some Easter eggs for series fans). But so much world-hopping exacts a toll on Antsy as the high stakes of the opening—the threat of innocence lost—come back in an unexpected way. Antsy's emotional coming-of-age will have readers hooked.
Wonderful as always!
Thank you Seanan!
Eighth Wayward Children Novella is Different and Interesting
“Lost in the Moment and Found” is the eighth novella in Seanan McQuire’s Wayward Children Series. These have clearly become the ultimate portal fantasy series for modern readers. In these novellas, certain children and or young adults find impossible doorways to places they need, or that need them. Sometimes they return to our world, sometimes they go back. Some of those that come back end up at the Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, where they find a beneficial and nurturing environment. Eleanor West’s appears only at the very end of this novella, unlike many of the previous volumes.
This novella starts with something lost, Antionette Ricci (Antsy for short) loses her father, and with him much more than she understands. Her mother eventually meets another man whom she marries. Antsy does not like this man, and doesn’t trust him. Just when things seem to be heading to a dark place, Antsy decides to run away from home.
She ends up outside a thrift shop, and decides she should go in to use the phone to call her grandmother. She isn’t concerned by the writing above the door that says “Be Sure.” This door opens to the Shop of Lost Things, which is a magical place. She meets a talking magpie and an old woman who manage the place, which also seems to have a mind of its own. Doors are common here, and they lead to various worlds. Antsy is glad to open these Doors, and then return to the Shop. Only later she becomes aware of the price that this exacts…
These stories are modern and inclusive fairy tales, with which readers from the 21st century can relate. I’m now looking forward to the next installment in the series, which looks like it could go on for at least ten novellas. There are also two short stories set in this world I need to catch up on. The title of the next novella has not yet been announced.