Lost: A Novel

By Gregory Maguire

“A fantastic, perceptive, and deeply relocating fable.”
Boston Sunday Globe


Publishers Weekly calls Gregory Maguire’s Lost “a deftly written, compulsively readable modern day ghost story.” Brilliantly weaving jointly the literary threads of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and the Jack the Ripper stories, the bestselling writer of The depraved Years canon creates an enthralling fairy story for the trendy international. With Lost, Maguire—who re-imagined a darker, extra harmful oz., and encouraged the construction of the Tony Award-winning Broadway blockbuster Wicked—delivers a haunting story of shadows and phantoms and issues going bump within the evening, confirming his attractiveness as “one of latest fiction’s so much guaranteed myth-makers” (Kirkus Reviews).

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Approximately chest peak, within the middle of the paneled part, the previous white paint was once commencing to blister bluely, to fester in small pustules, creating a rash. Something—an past program of paint, without doubt? —was displaying via. It appeared like a bruise, eggplant now, now yellow-blue. there has been a gash forming, just like the position a knife might force if it have been cutting the guts out of a physique. As they watched, the gash bled a ragged ghost of a line twelve, fourteen inches lengthy, perpendicular to the ground, as though following the road of a {102} At the Flat in Weatherall stroll row of buttons on a vest. different marks began appearing, a few on both sides, slowly dripping on diagonals towards each other. “A tree? A key? A snowflake? ” stated Winnie. “A diagram of the Underground? ” “Jaysus mercy,” stated Mac, “look what it truly is. It’s a crucifix with a determine on it, suffering to get off. It’s a move with an X via it. ” “It’s a nasty challenge with moisture within the partitions is what it is,” acknowledged Winnie, “and if there’s an older wall of plaster at the back of these forums, it’s all crumbled? whatever like that? ” “We’ll variety it out Monday,” acknowledged Jenkins. He appeared larger now. “Sort it out Monday? ” acknowledged Winnie. “I’m now not averse to a bit inconvenience in the course of renovations, yet rather: the corridor has began to do involuntary . . . hieroglyphics at us? And now’s the time you opt to clock off ? ” Jenkins acknowledged, “Things of their personal time, leave out. Now, don’t get riled up any further than you would like. Mac’s a very good boy yet he’s barmy. Mac, get your issues and let’s move. ” “We can’t depart now,” acknowledged Mac. “She’s correct: something’s there. have you ever no eyes? ” “I have my tasks. ” Jenkins was once going stodgy on all of them right now. “Obligation sooner than hallucination, that’s my order of industrial. I’m off, and that i recommend you come back with me. ” “God is speaking to you and you’re scarpering? ” Mac used to be incredulous. “God can get my ear each time he desires, together with at the Tube. Are you coming or are you looking forward to one other installment? ” “He’s obsessed,” stated Mac bitterly, kicking on the silver go; Winnie scurried after it and picked it up. “Every Friday and Saturday evening up and down the Strand, interviewing the team to work out in the event that they be aware of the place his daughter is. She’s most likely emigrated to Australia. ” {103} LOST “I’ll thanks to brain your personal affairs. ” Jenkins burrowed into his coat and hunched himself into its raised collar. “He’s a superb boy, omit, yet I’d turf him out, have been I you. ” “I’ll simply close up right here and be out in a flash,” stated Mac. “I’m conserving vigil for no ghost, now not if you’re leaving. ” Jenkins shrugged and nodded ambiguously, and left the kitchen with no having a look back on the wall. One in simple terms wanted a challenge, that used to be all, and Jenkins had his challenge. It was once how he received via: committing himself to anything very unlikely. She heard his ft tramp down the staircase, and the wind picked up. The pantry stopped acting for them, yet there has been a thud overhead. The wind whistled virtually with the sound of a pig’s squeal, or a baby’s, and it was once underscored by means of a percussive roll— Winnie notion it'd be thunder.

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