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Critical Praise

"I loved The Secret of Lost Things. I loved the Arcade bookstore and the characters Sheridan Hay has created to occupy it. They are all a bit mad and very alive in this intriguing and hugely entertaining novel."

——Roddy Doyle, Booker Prize–winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

"This is a book about bookishness, the presence of the past. Herman Melville’s great ghost haunts the precincts of a bookstore, and the tale of those who hunt for him becomes both a kind of whodunit and a story of coming-of-age. Sheridan Hay peoples her canvas with characters both rare and strange, and there’s a page-turning intensity to her heroine’s quest after true love and truth. With The Secret of Lost Things, a genuine new artist has been found."

——Nicholas Delbanco, author of Spring and Fall

"A brilliant version of the coming-to-adulthood-in-Manhattan story with a page-turner of a plot about a lost manuscript for which the people around the charming heroine are willing to do very nasty things. But beneath all the action, the theme of lost homes becomes ever more delicately insistent. Pacy, confident, and beautifully written, Lost Things satisfies on every level."

——Nuala O’Faolain, #1 bestselling author of Are You Somebody?