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The Lost Daughter Collective

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Using bedtime stories as cautionary tales, a Wrist Scholar relays the story of a fabled group of fathers coping with dead and missing daughters. When the girl sacrifices everything to send a final message to her father through her art and one lost girl is revealed to be not dead or missing but a daughter who has transitioned into a son, fathers are faced with the reality t ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Dzanc Books (first published March 2017)
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May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, favorites
My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog.

Pensive and philosophical, The Lost Daughter Collective contemplates what it means for a daughter to become 'lost' to her father: the novel considers that question from so many different angles that summary feels trite. Drager's sparse prose and precise plotting mesmerize her reader, fostering an interpretive experience of the text that is at once immersive and strange. Grief and loss saturate the text, but a smart satir
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately intrigued by Lindsey Drager's novella, The Lost Daughter Collective. Throughout, bedtime stories told to young girls are used as cautionary tales; each, like a fairytale, starts off in rather a beguiling and sweet manner, but soon the sinister begins to creep in.

The main narrative, which in its first half introduces us to a five-year-old girl and her father, is interspersed with the smaller 'bedtime' stories, all of which add a lot to the whole. This approach to structure is si
Bill Hsu
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this. But the occasional prose hiccups were distracting.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own, neu-2019
Das ... Uff. Ich finde spontan keine Worte, um das Buch zu beschreiben. Deshalb ein paar Content Notes: Tod (Mütter der beschriebenen Töchter fast durchweg, manche Töchter), Vermisst werden, Suizid, psychische Traumata durch emotionale Distanz in der Kindheit.

Aus einer Laune heraus, weil es gut klang, habe ich es dieses Jahr im Wien-Urlaub gekauft. Dass ich ein sprachliches Meisterwerk, dass sich irgendwo zwischen Gothic Novel, Fairy Tale und Philosophischer Abhandlung, gepaart mit der Suche na
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
"Just as we think we can tell the foreground from the back, the inside from the out, the mother from the daughter, we think that we tell our stories. But, I am here to tell you: our stories tell us."

Metafiction and fantasy esoterica - I think I understood hints of what was happening, but not all, and that's okay. My reading of it: a lens on grief, specifically men's grief - those who have "lost" their daughters, however that may be defined.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review to come in The Rumpus
Joe Sacksteder
I published this review in Quarterly West, but until they get their archives up, I'll put it here:

All over the United States this last holiday season, many children couldn’t go home for the holidays. There was too much weeping to be done. Many children who went home realized that it wasn’t home any more, maybe never had been. “I went house for the holidays,” they came back saying. Children with children are quarantining their young ones from relatives. This bad time is good timing for Lindsey
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I freaking loved this book. It is one of those books that is ephemereal, magical, terrifying, real, palpably sad, poetic, prosy, important, and just impossible to describe. It may be short but it is long mentally. Just read this book if you want to feel so many things on such a deep level..
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-fiction
Haunting and cryptic dystopian future. A quick read but a profound one. I can't decide if I like the Archivist's secret - it felt a little out of place. Also, parts were a little confusing or recursive..
Aug 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
WTF did I just read? No. Just no. I kept thinking it was bound to come together and it never did. This was some weird shit man
Alexis Stankewitz
Apr 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Really confusing. Not my cup of tea.
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Some of this book probably went over my head, but the metaphors and the way the girls' stories were told as fairy tales was brilliant.
Tom Evans
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I haven't enjoyed a book as much in years, probably going back to when I read "Stoner" a decade ago. It's a difficult book (very post modern if you want to put a label on it), but the writing is scintillating and the idea behind the book is endlessly fascinating. Rigorous, intelligent, pellucid prose- all the things I require from a book. The uncanny thing was the ending was almost exactly as I hoped it would be. I emailed the author (another thing I hardly ever do) telling her how much I enjoye ...more
Cynthia Bachhuber
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book felt like it slipped through my fingers as I kept trying to grasp hold of it. Like I was better off just watching it tumble out than trying to collect it into a unifying thing. Dense ideas but clean writing. So slim and quick to read, but now I want to diagram its parts, pry apart its layers and figure out its mechanics.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh. It was interesting for it's poetic style, but *painfully* didactic. I can't say I'd recommend it unless you're looking for vaguely macabre and artsy; would you like to watch a black and white German film about gilted lovers and lost innocence? If so then, sure give it a go.
Kaite Stover
Ethereal fairytale retelling in precise, glittering language. Darkly compelling with a slow build of suspense. Not one wasted word or emotion.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
An unexpected book for me, gorgeous and strange
This was truly strange, but ultimately poignant and satisfying.
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