Lost and Found is a delightful debut that introduces the sharply comic and refreshing voice of Tom Winter.
Carol, a suburban mother, resents the seemingly loveless life she leads and plans to leave her husband of nearly 20 years, Bob. She struggles to communicate with her intelligent daughter and her parents, and harbours dreams of moving to Athens. But when Bob receives some bad news, Carol’s plans are delayed. So she begins to write letters to the universe to vent her frustration.
Albert is a widower who spends his days at his job in the Royal Mail and his nights at home with his cat, Gloria. But with retirement fast approaching, he is not looking forward to this prospect. When he is moved to see out his final working days sorting through the undeliverable mail, a blank envelope with a smiley face catches his attention and he opens it and begins to read. Immediately he is drawn to the nameless author of the letters.
This is a refreshingly honest and satiric novel about loneliness and reconnection with a genuinely moving finale. Told through short interweaving chapters and Carol’s letters it paints a portrait of two compelling characters. A really amazing debut that is at times funny, sad, bright and dark, but always engaging, Tom Winter emerges as a new writer that looks set to be one to watch out for.