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Do Not Find Me

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As a young man, Gigi Paulo arrives in New York and is immediately drawn to a girl he sees in a bar near Penn Station. Before he can approach her, she is gone. He returns to the bar for weeks, hoping to see her again. He dreams of her at night and searches the crowds for her face. Quiet and careful, he is not the type to become obsessed by a stranger. But obsessed he is.

Hardcover, 184 pages
Published February 29th 2016 by Permanent Press (NY)
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Charles White
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful novel. Reminded me of Elizabeth Strout and, to an extent, James Salter.
Sandi Barnes
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
May I first say, Gigi has stolen my heart?! . . .

No, I guess I cannot say that yet, as first of all I am required to state that I received this book for free as a winner from a giveaway through Goodread's First Read program. As a winner, I am not required to post a review. Nevertheless, here is the review. . . .

This is a beautifully written novella. Gigi has captured my heart and I fear I will never get it back. I ached for him during his youth in New York City, but I applaud his morals and con
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Although well written and beautifully performed, I felt cheated. It builds so much expectation except there is not much. The story is not a special one and worse it is told twice. There is a background story I suppose, in the present about Gigi's daughter, but it is vague and without development, more an idea of a story than a story.
I think it should have been categorized as a novella or a short story.
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved the story of Gigi and I'm glad I stumbled across this book. I can even relate to him in many ways. The fact this book was written and seemingly marketed online as a father/daughter family secret type mystery was unnecessary in my opinion. I felt the daughter's own story added nothing to the actual plot. It starts out being told by that essentially pointless character. At one point I actually stopped reading it, but picked it up again later to reread the summary on the book jacket to be s ...more
Keith Loveland
An outstanding novel. The best fiction I've read all year. Meggie goes to be with her dying father and uncovers an old mystery. A dazzling display of character and plot development. And it's not just the mystery which drew me in so completely - although I did not figure this out, as I often do. Kathleen Novak also delves into many aspects of loving relationships - and relationships which are not loving at all. And what is love? Funny at times, deep and dark at times - entirely engrossing all of ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I found this book on the shelf at The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, nestled between books from authors with name recognition. The cover design drew me to it; the fact that it was sealed in plastic and therefore, unable to open for a preview, made the mystery of the book even more intense. I ended up getting a different book that day, but I thought about this book the whole next week and ended up going back to buy it.

It was compelling. I constantly felt like I wasn't getting enough information,
Sharon Wildfang
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautifully told story. Big plus - set in the area in which I live!
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
An engaging and quick read with a bit of mystery.
Mary  Allen
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won this book thru Goodreads, How could you not love GIGI I do well written.
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
More like 3.5 stars. Strange little book that kept me reading and wondering.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kathleen Novak’s novel, Do Not Find Me, begins with a daughter Meggie’s recollection of her father’s ice fishing. “’Pay attention,’ he’d call over his shoulder... Life is perilous for all creatures.” And so begins a tale of perilous life, of attention paid and ignored, and mysterious family history.

Now adult and newly orphaned, Meggie looks around her father’s house, paying careful attention to everything. The rooms are evocatively described, with memories slipping through the cracks. “A retired
Beth Schultz
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
As Meggie struggles with her father's death and emptying out his home, she also struggles with her own thoughts of a marriage that may not be exactly what she had wished it could have been. She feels safe in her father's home and uses his death as a way to escape her own life. As she is cleaning out his dresser drawers, she comes across a note with only the message, "Do not find me." As Meggie tries to discover the source of this message, the reader is transported back into the life of her fathe ...more
John Benson
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a short 5-chapter book in which the odd numbered chapters are written by the daughter as she contemplates the death of her father who remains a mystery to her in death as she tries to understand a small note left in his northern Minnesota home from a woman. The two even chapters tell the father's story of a love he had for a mysterious woman in New York City when he was in his 20s. This chapter is about 90 pages long. The later chapter tells of his marriage and raising his daughter, Megg ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a free preview copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

I can't decide what I loved more about this book... the story or its beautiful writing style. When I read that the author, Kathleen Novak, is a poet, it immediately clicked to me. Because that's how she writes prose, too. There's a poetic beauty to her words, and to the small joys and deep heartaches the characters live through.

I especially loved the way that the author took so many tropes and turned them on
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dark romantic story about man who is in love with flawed woman for many years. The writing is beautiful, and I would recommend this to fans of Beatriz Williams.


I find it hard to relate to the hero's obsession with Corrine because I am not a romantic at all. I thought Corinne was an annoying narcissist. I know people in real life who stay in love with the worst people, so I didn't pan this book. It's like someone panning a work of science fiction who shouldn't have read it in the f
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
**I received a preview edition of this book free from the author** My review is my true opinion.

I took this book with me on a business trip to read on the plane. I wasn't disappointed. This book is well written and I really like the characters. It's a good length for a book to take when traveling or while on vacation. It's not suspenseful where you feel compelled to fly through the pages, you do so out of investment and interest in the characters.

I do wish it was a tad bit longer so I could have
Penny Olson
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a preview copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you! Do Not Find Me takes place in the present day in Minnesota and in the New York City of the 50s and 60s. The main characters are Gigi and his daughter Meggie. This is a beautifully written, haunting story that will stay with you long after you close the pages. There are strong themes of love, loss and betrayal. I loved the characters Gigi and Meggie. The descriptions of place (New York and The northern Minnesota lake) ...more
Judith Wendt
Jun 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I was thoroughly taken in by it and read it quickly. I could relate so well to the 50's and 60's. Novak writes very well, lovely descriptions that you immediately see in your mind's eye. After i finished it I pondered that it was two stories, really, and i must say i found it difficult to make a strong connection. Then add in a mystery of sorts and one finds a lot going on.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

Do Not Find Me is a poetic and touching story that you won't want to put down once you start. It was a fairly quick read but will definitely leave lasting impressions.
Rlabbe 2748
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful writing. It had me in tears.
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Elegantly written little book with big story inside
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