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.'