Thorndike Press

The Luster of Lost Things

  • Sophie Chen Keller
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  • ISBN-10: 1432845748
  • ISBN-13: 9781432845742
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 lbs ( .48 kgs)
  • 440 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released December 2017

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Walter Lavender Jr. is a master of finding. A wearer of high-tops. A maker of croissants. A son keeping vigil, twelve years counting.

But he wouldn’t be able to tell you. Silenced by his motor speech disorder, Walter’s life gets lonely. Fortunately, he has The Lavenders — his mother’s enchanted dessert shop, where marzipan dragons breathe actual fire. He also has a knack for tracking down any missing thing — except for his lost father.

So when the Book at the root of the bakery’s magic vanishes, Walter, accompanied by his overweight golden retriever, journeys through New York City to find it — along the way encountering an unforgettable cast of lost souls.


Customer Reviews

“[R]ewards those willing to savor the linguistic riches and quirky characters, artfully provided by the author. With its strong story line and magic realism, this will appeal to readers of Joanne Harris’ Chocolat and the works of Alice Hoffman.”

— Booklist

“Keller's style is simple and often beautiful, and she infuses the novel with flashes of subtle humor and mouthwatering descriptions of sugary confections.”

— Kirkus Reviews