Following its critical success in hardcover, Once Was Lost is now available in paperback. From the author of Sweethearts and the National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl comes a story about a local tragedy and a personal tragedy paralleling in the eyes of a fifteen year old girl.
As a pastor's kid, it's hard not to buy in to the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and amazing grace. But lately, Sam has a lot of reasons to doubt. Her mother lands in rehab after a DUI and her father seems more interested in his congregation than his family. When a young girl in her small town is kidnapped, the local tragedy overlaps with Sam's personal one, and the already worn thread of faith holding her together begins to unravel.
In her third novel, acclaimed author Sara Zarr examines the coexistence of affliction and hope, and what happens when everything you thought you believed--about God, your family, and yourself--is transformed.
Praise for Once Was Lost "Zarr sets a hard task for herself here: interweaving a number of strong story strands and giving them equal weight...add to the story's depth." (starred review)
Praise for Once Was Lost "Beyond delivering a gripping story, Zarr has a knack for exposing human weakness in the ordinary." (starred review)
Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, California. She is the author of How to Save a Life, What We Lost, Sweethearts, The Lucy Variations, Gem & Dixie, and the National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl. She is also the coauthor of Roomies, with Tara Altebrando.