Also published as "A Place Called Here".
Sometimes it takes losing everything to truly find yourself... Since Sandy Shortt's childhood classmate disappeared twenty years ago, Sandy has been obsessed with missing things. Finding what is lost becomes her single-minded goal--from the lone... read more
The book is about Sandy Shortt who has an obsession with finding things. She spends her life looking for lost people. She used to work for the garda but now, runs her own private company. Her obsession started when her neighbour, Jenny May Butler, went missing when she was ten. Then Jack... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The book is about Sandy Shortt who has an obsession with finding things. She spends her life looking for lost people. She used to work for the garda but now, runs her own private company. Her obsession started when her neighbour, Jenny May Butler, went missing when she was ten. Then Jack Ruttle appears, looking for his younger brother, Donal, who went missing the year before. He asks Sandy for help - and she agrees, but doesn't expect to become lost herself, stumbling upon a place where every missing thing seems to be, along with her own belongings from the past.
In the book, all the lost things are described as unwanted things and all just left here
The book was titled "There's No Place Like Here" for release in the United States. "Here" refers to the name of the place where missing things, like Jenny-May Butler and Sandy Shortt, as well as objects end up.
In the book, the characters put on a performance of The Wizard of Oz sans the musical component. In "Oz" Dorothy is transported home after repeating three times, "There's no place like home," hence, the spin on the title.
The rights have been bought for the book and it is due to become a TV drama.
“"'I can't think of a better way to say goodbye to this place than to walk out being dressed as someone else.''What are you dressing up as?''A sock.'He laughed so hard. 'Andy isn't going with you?''Do my socks ever come as a pair?'"”Mr. Burton asking Sandy if she was going to the dance with Andy
“A veces vemos la salida, pero seguimos avanzando y ahondando a pesar de nosotros mismos: el miedo, la rabia y la tristeza nos impiden regresar. A veces preferimos permanecer perdidos y errantes, ya que suele resultar más fácil. Otras veces hallamos la salida. Pero, pase lo que pase, siempre nos acaban encontrando.”
“At moments when life is at its worst there are two things that you can do: 1) break down, lose hope, and refuse to go on while lying facedown on the ground banging your fists and kicking your legs or 2) laugh”Sandy Shortt
“That was the thing with my parents: they would never let me know their weaknessess, yet they would forget to get rid of the proof of them.”Sandy Shortt
“The typical victim belief: This can't happen to me, not me of all people.”Sandy Shortt thought to herself
We all get lost once in a while, sometimes by choice, sometimes due to forces beyond our control. When we learn what it is our soul needs to learn, the path presents itself. Sometimes we see the way out but wander farther and deeper despite ourselves; the fear, the anger, or the sadness preventing us from returning. Sometimes we prefer to be lost and wandering; sometimes it’s easier. Sometimes we find our own way out. But regardless, always, we are found.Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
That was the other thing I hated about kids; they always said the exact things that deep down you already knew, would never admit to, and most certainly never wanted to hear.Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
As humans we are the epitome of life; in life there is always balance. Life and death, male and female, good and bad, beautiful and ugly, win and lose, love and hate. Lost and found.Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
“Never easier, but a little less hard, perhaps. It’s always at the forefront of my mind, every single waking and sleeping moment. The hurt begins to…not quite disappear, but it’s as though it evaporates so that it’s always there in the air around me, ready to rain down when I least expect it. Then when the hurt goes, anger takes its place; when the anger runs out of steam, loneliness steps in to take over. It’s a never-ending circle of emotions; every lost emotion beingHighlighted by 3 Kindle customers
My dad was right when he said that there was no such thing as a free meal: Everything comes at a cost to others, most of the time at a cost to ourselves. Whenever something is gained, it has been taken from another place.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
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