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"All the Lost Things is a slim road trip into mystery firmly in the vein of Emma Donoghue's Room...Dolly is a funny and surprisingly substantive little girl, and an acute observer of human behavior."—Vanessa Friedman, New York Times Book Review
"Dolly Rust captivated me from the first page and I could not look away. I am in awe of Michelle Sacks's writing skill in finding a unique voice that is precocious and pure, innocent and wise, tender and brave. She climbs into a precious seven-year-old's mind whose world is broken and steers us over rocky roads to a safe haven. This book carried the power of Emma Donoghue's amazing Room. It is a bona fide winner."—Leah Weiss, bestselling author of If The Creek Don't Rise
"Michelle Sacks digs deep into the nature of emotional survival in this enthralling, heartbreaking tale. You will not close this book dry-eyed but you will fall in love with Dolly and her sidekick Clemesta, just as I did. A book not to be missed."—Susan Crandall, bestselling author of Whistling Past the Graveyard and The Myth of Perpetual Summer
Praise for You Were Made for This
"Riveting...Michelle Sacks richly explores marriage and parenting and delivers a brilliant, unflinching look at a household under siege from itself."—Associated Press
"2018 has already brought plenty of twisted, gripping thrillers about marriage, but be sure to leave room for Sacks' searing first novel. A picture-perfect family leading picture-perfect lives in Sweden is gradually, unnervingly unpeeled."—David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly
"Sacks deftly engages the complexities of motherhood, infidelity, and misconduct in this novel, but her storytelling shines most when Merry's alleged closest friend, Frank, arrives for a visit. Through the pair's toxic friendship, replete with jealousy and insecurities, Sacks explores the ways in which unhealthy relationships can wreak irrevocable damage on those involved--and everyone surrounding."—Megan McCluskey, TIME Magazine
"An engrossing tale that probes the darker corners of motherhood, friendship, and marriage."—Good Housekeeping
"Beguiling and frightening... Hard to read but also bewitchingly hard to put down."—Kirkus Reviews
"[An] unblinking look at beautiful people with ugly secrets."—Publishers Weekly
"The dark side of domesticity and motherhood... [You] will be swept up in the appearance of domestic bliss and maternal perfection, only to be left off-kilter and breathless."—Library Journal
"Insightful and skillfully constructed... this will keep readers rapt to the final page."—Booklist
"Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye meets the set of a David Lynch film in this haunting, psychological portrait that takes the dark domestic thriller into a new, literary realm."—Shelf Awareness
"Full of heart-wrenching twists and turns... Richly compelling."—Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of The Winter People
"A sinister, razor's edge of a book. I was, in turn, totally gripped, completely unsettled, and not just a little freaked out... You definitely won't be able to put it down."—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hunter
"A thrilling literary fairy tale from which you can't escape, not even after you've found your way back to the light of day... Dark and deceptive... [it will] fill your heart with dread at every turn."—Tim Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of Descent
"Obsession, loyalty, jealousy, and unspeakable secrets. The savage beauty ... will leave you shaken and bereft. It is a stunning accomplishment."—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence
"Complex and relatable... You Were Made for This plumbs the darkness that can lie at the core of the most intimate of relationships: between husband and wife, lifelong friends, even mother and child."—Heather Young, author of the Edgar Award finalist The Lost Girls
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All the Lost Things

All the Lost Things

A Novel

A simmering family drama about a father and daughter who embark on a road trip through the American South — but what they’re leaving behind is as important as what lies ahead.

When we first meet seven-year-old Dolly, she immediately grabs us with a voice that is both precocious and effervescent. It has been a while since her dad has spent time with her, just the two of them, and so when he scoops her up and promises to take her on the adventure of a lifetime, Dolly is thrilled.

The first days on the road are incredibly exciting. Every pit stop promises a new delight for Dolly and her favourite plastic horse, Clemesta, who she’s brought along for the adventure. There are milkshakes, shopping sprees, a theme park, and all the junk food she isn’t allowed to eat under her mother’s watchful eye. And, for the first time, she has her father’s attention all to herself. But as they travel further south, into a country Dolly no longer recognizes, her dad’s behavior grows increasingly erratic. He becomes paranoid and irresponsible, even a little scary. The adventure isn’t fun anymore, but home is ever farther away. And Dolly isn’t sure if she’ll ever get back.

A compulsively readable work of psychological suspense from the first mile to the last, All the Lost Things introduces a remarkable young heroine who leaps off the page, charts a life-changing journey, and ultimately reveals the sometimes heartbreaking intersections of love, truth, and memory.

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Genre: Fiction / Fiction / Coming Of Age

On Sale: June 4th 2019

Price: $27 / $35 (CAD)

Page Count: 288

ISBN-13: 9780316475457