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What Is Found, What Is Lost

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Freddie was raised on faith. It’s in her blood. Yet when she loses her husband of many years, she can’t quite bring herself to seek solace from the Almighty, and enters a state of quiet contemplation, instead. Her solitude quickly ends when she meets a man roaming her neighborhood in search of his run-away wife, and later, when her daughter returns home to escape another u ...more
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Published October 15th 2014 by She Writes Press
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Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anne Leigh Parrish is everything right about literary fiction. She excels at her craft, seamlessly weaving nonlinear tales across generations, effortless infusing ruminations on faith, religion, love and infidelity, displaying a mastery of language. She offers such evocative, passionate prose. Though she leaves the stage for long stretches, Freddie is the star of this show; What Is Lost is her story. When we meet Freddie, she is middle aged, frumpy, “body … thick, and her hair . . . what some wo ...more
Lawrence Parlier
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In What is Found, What is Lost, Anne Leigh Parrish has crafted an elegant and powerful novel that explores the intricacies of family and faith.
It is a heart wrenching tale of four generations of women forged, in part, by their relationship to faith and how each’s connection to their beliefs affects the succeeding generation. The main characters are strong pragmatic women vividly drawn. The story of their relationships and quiet tragedies lingers long after the last page is turned.
Ms. Parrish’
Norelle Done
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have never read anything quite like "What is Found, What is Lost" before, and it was so wonderful to read something unique. I was captivated by the lives of Freddie, her grandmother Anna, and her mother Lorraine.

Anne Leigh Parrish writes in a way that is both interesting and fluid - it's easy to get drawn in and picture everything that is happening with each chapter - whether Freddie is rinsing out a glass of water or Anna is scolding her servant. I felt like I was right there inside the stor
Bonnie ZoBell
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Parrish's exceptional prose in this debut novel creates sympathetic portraits of two sisters whose over-the-top evangelical mother has taken off to follow a revival minister on the road. . on in older age as they still struggle with trying to fit in with mainstream America and still have to deal with their mother, who aside from being an obsessive evangelist is an alcoholic. Now, as the older sister has become a widow, with Parrish's masterful characterization, we see how the sisters are still t ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The latest offering from Anne Leigh Parrish manages to be totally unique while also calling to mind the work of Alice Munro and Flannery O'Connor. Unexpected events unfurl through the lives of four generations of women, bringing love and heartache in their wake. The mystery of human attractions and interactions lead to twists of fate that stymie mothers and daughters as they struggle to understand themselves and their needs. This is a lovely book that I highly recommend to all literary readers. ...more
Mike Joyce
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anne Leigh Parrish is back, with her latest novel What is Found, What is Lost releasing on She Writes Press. I was very excited when I received a review copy of this book in the mail last month–Parrish’s writing career is something I’ve been following since she first submitted and was published to Literary Orphans Journal two years ago.

updated-novel-coverIf you are familiar with her style and interests, you know that Parrish is an expert at writing about the inner workings of a family. This is g
Judy Croome
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
An unusual, meandering book with odd characters, strange relationships and some thought-provoking moments about the nature of faith and religion. The style was easy and lyrical, but the characters didn't fully engage me, despite the interesting reflection of how an ancestral lineage can be carried through from generation to generation: as they were battered by life and the consequences of their personal choices, a defining character trait of hardness, almost cruelty, was transferred from Anna, t ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a captivating story of four generations of dysfunctional women or as the author puts it, "written by women who fled. Anna left the country of her birth. Lorraine left Anna and Olaf. Beth left Freddie and Ken." Each generation's choice of men helping to create issues for the next generation, but you read on wanting to know if Freddie and Beth can normalize their mother-daughter relationship and will there be a different life for Beth once she's given up exotic dancing or will she return f ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very moving book, can imagine this could happen when something such as a cult occurs. What a mature young girl who could take over and help her sister, recommend it for reading
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, giveaways
I started this book slightly ambivalent, believing it would focus heavily on religion and its role in the characters' lives. I was gladly relieved to find this was not the case. Religion and faith does have an impact on the women featured in this book, but it isn't at all the central theme. Rather, this book considers faith in all its forms. Religion is definitely a driving theme, but also presented are the effects of faith in family and in oneself.

Freddie is the first person we're introduced t
Mary Latela
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
REVIEW: What is Found, What is Lost: A Novel by Anne Leigh Parrish SHEWRITESPRESS
Mary E. Latela

What is Found What is Lost: A Novel by Anne Leigh Parrish is a splendid, rich, and deeply thoughtful journey through the lives of the women of one Midwestern family. They seem eerily similar, not particularly interested in being mothers, and treating their children badly, trying to get along with men who are complicated and mostly unresponsive. They either feel too passionately or act the stoic, holdi
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Let me start out by saying that this isn’t the type of book I normally read. I love my action, thriller and mystery novels with fight scenes and webs of intrigue. So it’s fair to say that I was a little bit doubtful about a book based solely on the characters’ lives. And, as a result it took me a little while to really get into the book, but once I put my preconceptions behind me I was hooked.

The lives of the characters’ drew me in. There was no strong plot like I was use to, it simply the story
Jan 18, 2015 added it
What is Found, What is Lost discusses the issues of life and religion through four generations of women from one family. The women all come from different places but at the same time their lives are interwoven with similarities. The women question their religion and faith (if they have any) at some point. One of the women is extremely devout throughout her life, but near the end of her life, she begins to question if she did the right thing for her children. Another one of the characters through ...more
Daniel Ford
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Author Anne Leigh Parrish has contributed to Writer’s Bone (including a short story, an essay, and an interview), so I was certain I’d like her latest novel What is Found, What is Lost despite the fact I’m not exactly the target demographic.

In this novel, Parrish explores the themes of motherhood, identity, and religion through the eyes of main character Freddie, as well her mother, grandmother, and daughter. Freddie is one of the most delightful female characters I’ve read in some time, despite
Pam McGaffin
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In Anne Leigh Parrish’s fine debut novel about four generations of women, faith is found and lost -- faith in God, certainly, but also faith in self, faith in love, and faith in the endurance of family. These characters are grasping for meaning and connection in their difficult lives. Freddie, the middle-aged widow who starts the novel, seems to have arrived at a comfortable acceptance of her life after a childhood of abuse and neglect at the hands of her Bible-thumping mother, Lorraine. She and ...more
Phyllis Krall
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Sheila Myers
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book did not grip me as a reader but lulled me in by weaving in and out of the lives of five women that are all related and all have their own story to tell. The theme of struggle, loss, questioning one's reason for being, all play a part in this novel. I enjoyed Anna's story the most and felt the author's writing was more fluid in this section which is set during the depression era in Chicago. The writing didn't flow as well in other parts of the story but the characters made up for it. A ...more
Michelle Cox
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a very intriguing story that follows four generations of women, hopping back and forth in time, to examine religion and spirituality, family, love and loss. As each woman is revealed, the reader gets caught up in her particular story, making it harder to judge them so easily for the mistakes made. Parrish's writing is superb - able to seemingly effortlessly draw such a vivid picture with so many tiny details across such a large canvas. Loved going back to this each night and watching it ...more
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A multi generational story that takes you back and forth through four generations of women and each of the issues they have lived with and tried desperately to overcome. Freddie is the main character of the four and with her daughter, mother and grandmother each telling their stories and the moments that make up their lives.

My favorite part about multigenerational stories is the ability to see the effects of previous generations decisions on the ne
Kayla shaft
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad that news of this incredible novel was spread to me, and i can't be happier i made the decision to read it. Parrish writes so eloquently a tale of love, family, faith and religion. Masterfully written is this poignant novel which leaves you not only thinking, but makes you crave more. What is Found What is lost will not disappoint, be sure to make this one on your list of must reads. ...more
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Realistic and pretty relatable characters, but also too easy to set aside. This book fell a little flat for me. Read my full review at A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall. ...more
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May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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