Our Lady of the Lost and Found

Our Lady of the Lost and Found

A Novel

Book - 2001
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One Monday morning in April, a middle-aged writer walks into her living room to water the plants and finds a woman standing beside her potted fig tree. Dressed in a navy blue trench coat and white Nikes, the woman introduces herself as "Mary. Mother of God.... You know. Mary." Instead of a golden robe or a crown, she arrives bearing a practical wheeled suitcase. Weary after two thousand years of adoration and petition, Mary is looking for a little R & R. She's asked in for lunch, and decides to stay a week. As the story of their visit unfolds, so does the story of Mary-one of the most complex and powerful female figures of our time-and her changing image in culture, art, history, as well as the thousands of recorded sightings that have placed her everywhere from a privet hedge to the dented bumper of a Camaro. As this Everywoman and Mary become friends, their conversations, both profound and intimate, touch upon Mary's significance and enduring relevance. Told with humor and grace, Our Lady of the Lost and Found is an absorbing tour through Mary's history and a thoughtful meditation on spirituality, our need for faith, and our desire to believe in something larger than ourselves.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2001
ISBN: 9780670899777
Branch Call Number: FICTION Schoemperlen
Characteristics: xiv, 349 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 09, 2018

I really wanted to like this book. The first few chapters were intriguing but then it just became chapter after chapter of summaries...summaries of historical sightings of Mary, summaries of what the narrator and Mary did, ate, cleaned, bought, discussed. It was very introspective and had little of the humour promised on the front cover. I also disliked the style of using no quotation marks for dialogue which made the conversations again seem like points in a lecture instead of two characters talking.

Aug 07, 2011

If only more non Catholics understood Marian devotion as Schoemperlen does and were as generous in spirit as she is the world would be a little less ignorant.

skylars Apr 15, 2011

Being raised a Catholic, and having twelve years of Catholic education, this gave me an entirely new outlook and devotion to Mary. This book blends a story and historical accounts of Mary and other saints in a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Mar 25, 2011

This has got to be the most tedious book I have ever read....Mary goes to the mall, Mary walks around the block... It is a book full of filler with some Christian history thrown in.

Jan 22, 2002

When a well known author has a really good day with no glitches, potholes, or disruptions she doesn''t realize that this all leading up to something. Something really big. Something that will change her life. And that after it is all over she will never look at life in the same way. It all starts with a sighing sound in her frontroom one day and then the materialization of the Virgin. The real Virgin Mary. And she has come to let her host know exactly what has been on her mind for the past 2000 years. The really wonderful thing is that Mary turns out to be someone we would all love to get to know.


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