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Title:The Secret of Lost Things
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Publisher:Doubleday
ISBN:038551848X
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Number of Pages:349
Category:Fiction, Books about books, Mystery, Contemporary, Historical fiction

The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Secret of Lost Things A missing manuscript A young woman s voyage of discovery And the curious bookshop where it all begins .

In this charming novel about the eccentricities and passions of booksellers and collectors a captivating young Australian woman takes a job at a vast chaotic emporium of used and rare books in New York City and finds herself caught up in the search for a lost Melville manuscript .

Eighteen years old and completely alone Rosemary arrives in New York from Tasmania with little more than her love of books and an eagerness to explore the city she s read so much about She begins her memorable search for independence with appealing enthusiasm and the moment she steps into the Arcade bookstore she knows she has found a home The gruff owner Mr Pike gives her a job sorting through huge piles of books and helping the rest of the staff a group as odd and idiosyncratic as the characters in a Dickens novel There s Pearl the loving motherly transsexual who runs the cash register Oscar who organizes the nonfiction section and shares his extensive eclectic knowledge with Rosemary but furiously rejects her attempts at a more personal relationship and Arthur Pick who supervises the art section and demonstrates a particular interest in photography books featuring naked men .

The store manager Walter Geist is an albino a lonely figure even within the world of the Arcade When Walter s eyesight begins to fail Rosemary becomes his assistant And so it is Rosemary who first reads the letter from someone seeking to place a lost manuscript by Herman Melville Mentioned in Melville s personal correspondence but never published the work is of inestimable value and proof of its existence brings the simmering ambitions and rivalries of the Arcade staff to a boiling point .

Including actual correspondence by Melville i The Secret of Lost Things i is at once a literary adventure that captures the excitement of discovering a long lost manuscript by a towering American writer and an evocative portrait of life in a surprisingly colorful bookstore

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