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Lost and Found

Parkhurst takes aim at outlandish reality television.

Reality TV may seem too easy a target for the best-selling author of 2003's The Dogs of Babel, said Alynda Wheat in Entertainment Weekly. But in this smart, searching beach book, Carolyn Parkhurst's comic sensibility is 'œso on-point, you'd swear you've already seen' the absurdly overstaged scavenger-hunt series that sets her characters to circling the globe. The contestants, of course, were chosen for their ratings potential, said Rebecca Marx in Elle. A teenage girl just past an abortion, a gay man who hopes that faith has cured him, and a pair of former child stars all take turns sharing self-consciously tailored confessions. But despite the artificiality of its setup, Lost and Found 'œnever turns into a cartoon,' said Donna Bowman in The Onion. Parkhurst 'œtreats the unspoken fears of her questing, broken characters with uncommon grace.' Instead of settling for simple slapstick, she's given us 'œone of the summer's best reads.'

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