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Lost & Found by Jacqueline Sheehan
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Dec 06, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction

Ever lost a loved one, ever felt the claw of grief ripping your heart out? That's what happens to Rocky in LOST AND FOUND. Her husband dies at 42 and despite being a psychologist herself, she goes into a state of despair so profound she can no longer work at helping others. Instead, she moves to a small tourist island in Maine and becomes an Animal Control officer. Only one person on the island knows her story and she likes it that way. She isolates herself from her family perferring strangers, numb and only able to go through the motions of living.

Eventually she makes a friend and meets a few other people. One day she rescues a black lab with an arrow through his shoulder. She names him Lloyd and finally warms up enough to care about another living thing, a dog who's also lost and wounded.

This book has a deceptively simple narrative style, nothing to poetic or fancy, just extremely powerful descriptions of how one feels when death comes knocking.

There were a couple of flaws, one of which is a side story about a neighbor girl named Melissa and two a shift in point of view in a few chapters. However, it's still a very good book, especially if you love dogs. Lloyd, who comes to be known as Cooper, is a great character on his own. I'm a great believer in the healing power of animals.
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