Our Lady of the Lost and Found: A Novel of Mary, Faith, and Friendship

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Penguin, Jul 30, 2002 - Fiction - 384 pages
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One Monday morning in April, a middle-aged writer walks into her living room to water the plants and finds a woman standing beside her potted fig tree. Dressed in a navy blue trench coat and white Nikes, the woman introduces herself as "Mary. Mother of God.... You know. Mary." Instead of a golden robe or a crown, she arrives bearing a practical wheeled suitcase. Weary after two thousand years of adoration and petition, Mary is looking for a little R & R. She's asked in for lunch, and decides to stay a week. As the story of their visit unfolds, so does the story of Mary-one of the most complex and powerful female figures of our time-and her changing image in culture, art, history, as well as the thousands of recorded sightings that have placed her everywhere from a privet hedge to the dented bumper of a Camaro.

As this Everywoman and Mary become friends, their conversations, both profound and intimate, touch upon Mary's significance and enduring relevance. Told with humor and grace, Our Lady of the Lost and Found is an absorbing tour through Mary's history and a thoughtful meditation on spirituality, our need for faith, and our desire to believe in something larger than ourselves.
 

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User Review  - ruthjoec - LibraryThing

This book caught my eye when I was looking for another book to mooch from someone from whom I was already mooching one. It is about a middle-aged writer of no particularly strong faith who finds the ... Read full review

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User Review  - aspen42 - LibraryThing

Interesting stories about Mary. I learned quite a bit from the book and pursued some of the resources that were listed. However, if you are a person who is prone to contemplating things like the ... Read full review

Contents

Our Lady of the Pillar
Our Lady of Einsiedeln
Our Lady of Walsingham
Saint Anthony of Padua
Sweet Mother of s Hertogenbosch
Our Lady of Czestochowa
Our Lady of Good Counsel
Saint Ignatius of Loyola
Saint Teresa of Ávila
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Prompt Succor
Our Lady of La Salette
Our Lady of Hope
Our Lady of the Cape
Our Lady of Knock
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Diane Schoemperlen is the author of Our Lady of the Lost and Found; In the Language of Love; and five short story collections, including Forms of Devotion, which won the Governor General's Award for Fiction in 1998; and The Man of My Dreams, which was nominated for a Governor General's Award and a Trillium Award.

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