Reviews

  • Endlessly rich . . . It is Freudenberger's willingness to accept human contradictions here - and to lay them out with a combination of calm rigour and rueful comedy - that so triumphantly makes Lost and Wanted the real thing

    The Times
  • Dazzling . . .[Freudenberger explores] the nature of ambition, success and grief . . . brilliant

    Francesca Segal, Financial Times
  • Freudenberger has a real eye for the subtle differences in how people react to adversity, an ear for the way children talk, and an artist's clear-sighted commitment to seeing the totality of her characters

    Sunday Times
  • The effect is beautiful . . . Reading it, I was moved by intimacies near and far, real and imagined, lost and found in all the echoing corners of the expanding universe

    New York Times
  • This spooky mystery fuses nimbly explained science with a finely calibrated meditation on grief and paths not taken

    Hephzibah Anderson, Mail on Sunday
  • Tender, sharply observed and marvellously rich

    Daily Mail
  • Are we connected? Are we alone? Freudenberger's brilliant and compassionate novel takes on the big questions of the universe and proves, again, that she is one of America's greatest writers

    Andrew Sean Green, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'Less'
  • [A] stunning portrayal of grief . . . The integration of ideas from physics sparks in the reader new ways of thinking about the nature of time and existence as well as, on a less cosmic scale, about human relationships . . .This is a beautiful and moving novel

    Publishers' Weekly
  • Dazzling . . . [Freudenberger] dramatizes, through Helen, both the dawning awareness that life doesn't always allow for second chances and the great midlife consolation prize: a greater appreciation for those chances - and people - one has been given.

    Washington Post
  • With page-turning acceleration, Lost and Wanted is a piercing meditation on the immutable truths that mourning calls into question. Freudenberger [has a] gravity-defying gift

    O, the Oprah Magazine