Lost in the Moment and Found

Hardcover, 160 pages

Published Jan. 10, 2023 by Tordotcom.

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5 stars (2 reviews)

A young girl discovers an infinite variety of worlds in this standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Wayward Children series from Seanan McGuire, Lost in the Moment and Found. Welcome to the Shop Where the Lost Things Go. If you ever lost a sock, you'll find it here. If you ever wondered about a favorite toy from childhood... it's probably sitting on a shelf in the back. And the headphones that you swore this time you'd keep safe? You guessed it.... Antoinette has lost her father. Metaphorically. He's not in the Shop, and she'll never see him again. But when Antsy finds herself lost (literally, this time), she discovers that however many doors open for her, leaving the Shop for good might not be as simple as it sounds. And stepping through those doors exacts a price. Lost in the Moment and Found tells us that childhood and …

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Lost in the Moment and Found

5 stars

I love the concept of the Wayward Children series as a whole, but individually a few of the books have been hit or miss for me. If I had to pick, In an Absent Dream and this book have been my favorites out of the whole series, largely in that they both focus on a single character and so the plot and theme can be a lot more tight in the short space of a novella.

Lost in the Moment and Found follows Antsy, who runs away from horrific step-dad, finds herself lost, and steps through a door into the Shop Where the Lost Things Goes. (I also deeply appreciated the Author's Note which precedes the book and content warns for grooming and adult gaslighting, but also gives the reassurance that "before anything can actually happen, Antsy runs.")

In this book, the reader gets teased with larger worldbuilding hints about …

It's Abuse All the Way Down -- Why I love this book

5 stars

Content warning Gaslighting; Preludes to other abuse; Abuse Allegory (I'm pretty sure)