When your whole world turns upside down with three little words, you’d think that nothing else can affect you so deeply. But after her cancer diagnosis, Natalie Miller’s boyfriend Ned is out the door so quickly, it’s almost as if he wasn’t ever there. Plus, her high-powered job with a senator is “on hold” while she recovers, and then over the months that follow, with the ravages of chemotherapy and all the accompanying side effects to being ill, Natalie begins to look at everything in her life with new eyes.

Writing in a diary, something suggested by her therapist, she begins to look below the surface and reexamine all of her relationships, as well as many of the choices she’s made.

Rediscovering what remains after—it’s all kind of like going to a Lost and Found Department to scrounge through the assorted items and picking out long-forgotten treasures and tossing aside things that weren’t really important after all.

What I loved most about The Department of Lost & Found was the first-person voice of Natalie, who is brave, funny, persistent, and willing to really look at herself. Finding herself after cancer is a journey that offers unexpected rewards along the way.

This one definitely earned five stars.


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