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The Loss of All Lost Things

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The fifteen stories in The Loss of All Lost Things explore the unpredictable ways in which characters negotiate, experience, and manage various forms of loss. These characters lose loved ones; they lose their security and self-worth; they lose children; they lose their ability to hide and shield their emotions; they lose their reputations, their careers, their hometowns, a ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published February 1st 2016 by Elixir Press
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Brian TramueL
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amina Gautier is writeous. This is my favorite read(s) of the year.
Bill Wolfe
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the great joys of reading authors with whom one is unfamiliar is discovering a truly distinctive writer whose work pushes all your buttons, intellectually and emotionally, and leaves you stunned, as if you’d looked at the sun for more than just that one permissible moment. In the last few years, I’ve experienced this reaction to the work of Molly Antopol (The UnAmericans), Rebecca Lee (Bobcat and Other Stories), Violet Kupersmith (The Frangipani Hotel), Brittani Sonnenberg (Home Leave), a ...more
Vivienne Strauss
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
a work of pure genius!
Urenna Sander
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lost and Found concerns what means the most to every parent, their children. ‘Thisman’ appears chilling. I imagined a gravelly voiced, fetid breath, licentious predatory pedophile: a parents’ worse nightmare. He kidnapped and shoved untruths at a young, impressionable child. His parents didn’t love or want him. He was now his father. The child believed him. The opening story is heart wrenchingly told from a child’s perspective; one of fear, confusion, vulnerability, sadness, and despair.

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Linda Donohue
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways-read
This is not a book to read if you need cheering up. All of the stories are about some kind of personal loss whether it be a child missing or the death of a spouse. Stories are told from different perspectives and well written. You feel that you are right there with that person. I received this book as a Good Reads Giveaway and I thank the author/publisher for the opportunity to review this work. I look forward to reading further books by Amina Gautier,.
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Loss of All Lost Things, is full of dark stories about all kinds of loss. And, you probably shouldn't read this collection if you're feeling down because there's not much sunshine here. Also, you shouldn't expect to just read one and then go right on to the next. These stories require some time to reflect in between them. Some are definitely upsetting. But they are all well written, super tight and engaging.

Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
The sentences that house other sentences are well written. The ones in between, not so much; they seem to serve more as an effect than anything else. Is that what the writer intended? Yes, I'm sure it was, but it is not my preference in serious literature. That being said, I don't think anything well written, of which this book is an example, should be "rated" with numbers or stars. But what are we doing here then?
Lisa Houlihan
I must have come across this while looking for a collection of short stories by a woman of color (for the Bookriot 2017 challenge) and confused this author's first name with that of The Hired Man, Aminatta Forna. It also fulfills the micropress slot, as the copyediting belies: "Ray lied down that night feeling optimistic" and "during the rein of William the Conqueror."

Sad as fuck. Good writing and characters, but sad as fuck.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
We don't realize that we lose ourselves and have myriad negative impacts on our surrounding people while we are grieving over our loss.
Every story whether you lost one or you r the lost one leaves you a message
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is beautifully written and I'm tempted to give it a higher score. But I found many of the stories downright creepy and near the end I almost decided not to finish it, so unsettling did I find it. No doubt others will disagree with me!
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
got this one on a whim at the library. I don't read short stories often enough; I prefer to race through longer stories and collapse at the end, spent and satisfied. short stories demand more pauses, more reflection throughout a collection. the loss of all lost things demanded that I find time to take a break at the conclusion of each piece. I am glad I did.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
great story
Luke Hillier
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lit, short-story
I'm shuffling between 3 and 4 stars for this collection, the third by Gautier (both that she's written and that I've read). Unfortunately, it failed to offer the same captivating charm and resonance as Now We Will Be Happy that I loved so much, but that doesn't mean it's not a striking series of excellently written stories. The premise is interesting, following the lives of characters dealing with various manifestations of loss. While that thematic and narrative focus undeniably binds the otherw ...more
Luke Sherwood
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
In one piece of Amina Gautier’s collection, a character sees a glimpse of a second chance, and actually seems to take it. In “Cicero Waiting” a teacher’s wife invites him to bed in a gesture so giving and so touching, that it stands out against the all-too-prominent self-absorption on display elsewhere. In “Cicero Waiting” a couple is trying to survive the loss of their three year-old daughter to kidnapping and murder. The father, who was taking care of the little girl at the time, cannot forgiv ...more
Kathie Giorgio
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Well, this was a difficult one. I finally decided on three stars because I feel sort of lukewarm about the collection as a whole. Each short story was technically well-done. From a craft standpoint, Gautier hit all the right marks.

But that was the problem. They hit the right marks, all in the same way. The stories began to blend together, sounding very much alike. Academic settings. Academic characters. And very academic prose. If I'd read just one story, I would have loved it. But all together
Richard  Thomas
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amina Gautier is writing dark, lyrical stories that are heartbreaking at every turn. She manages to extract sympathy and empathy from the reader, while immersing them in the narrative—powerful stories, that end with great impact. At the end of "Lost and Found" the final words echo out into the future, a pebble causing a ripple in water, the damage extending to the horizon. The boy is "lost amongst all of the other lost things of which he is but one." In that moment WE are there, part of the mise ...more
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it
GoodReads First read WIN

I read this last year. Again don't know what happened to my review. I liked parts of this book but it was so unconventional I didn't really know what to make of it. I felt like I was prying in someones diary or daily journal. I will say it did inspire me to start jotting down my own thoughts. For that I would say read.
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Amina Gautier is the author of the short story collections At-Risk, Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award (University of Georgia Press, 2011), Now We Will Be Happy, Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), and The Loss of All Lost Things (Elixir Press, 2016. She has published over ninety short stories. They appear in Agni, Best African American Fic ...more