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The Department of Lost & Found

(2007)
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In this hopeful, humorous, and astonishingly deft debut, Allison Winn Scotch explores what happens when a young woman thinks she's lost everything that matters - and ends up discovering what's truly important. This is a novel that will leave you taking stock of what's important in your own life . . . and never letting it go.

It didn't start out as the worst day of Natalie Miller's life. At thirty, she is moving up the political ladder, driven by raw ambition and ruthless determination. As the top aide to New York's powerful female senator, she works hard, stays late, and enjoys every bit of it, even if the bills she's pushing through do little to improve the lives of the senator's constituents. And if her boyfriend isn't the sexiest guy alive, at least he's a warm body to come home to.

Then he announces he's leaving. But that news is barely a blip compared to what Natalie's doctor tells her: She has breast cancer. And she can't cure it by merely being headstrong. Now the life Natalie must change is her own.

All her energy, what little of it she has left, must go into saving herself from a merciless disease. So when she's not lying on the sofa recovering from her treatments and indulging in a curious addiction to The Price Is Right, she realizes it's time to take a hard look at her choices. She begins by tracking down the five loves-of-her-life to assess what went wrong. Along the way, she questions her relationships with her friends, her parents, her colleagues, the one who got away, and, most important, with herself: Why is she so busy moving through life that she never stops to embrace it?

As Natalie sleuths out the answers to these questions, her journey of self-discovery takes her down new paths and to unexplored places. And she learns that sometimes when life is at its most unexpected, it's not what you lose that makes you who you are . . . it's what you find.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"A story about strength, courage, and finding your own way." - Cara Lockwood


Used availability for Allison Winn Scotch's The Department of Lost & Found

Hardback Editions

May 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Department of Lost & Found
Author(s): Allison Winn Scotch
ISBN: 0-06-116141-1 / 978-0-06-116141-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Paperback Editions

July 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Department of Lost & Found: A Novel
Author(s): Allison Winn Scotch
ISBN: 0-06-116142-X / 978-0-06-116142-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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July 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Department of Lost & Found - Greenlight [ THE DEPARTMENT OF LOST & FOUND - GREENLIGHT BY Scotch, Allison Winn ( Author ) Apr-22-2008
Author(s): Allison Winn Scotch
ISBN: 0-06-170786-4 / 978-0-06-170786-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon A 05-03-2011
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Audio Editions

February 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Department of Lost & Found: A Novel
Author(s): Allison Winn Scotch
Publisher: HarperCollins
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February 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Department of Lost & Found: A Novel
Author(s): Allison Winn Scotch
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Department of Lost & Found: A Novel
Author(s): Allison Winn Scotch
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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