The Lost Child A Mother s Story For readers of Beautiful Boy and Hurry Down Sunshine a deeply personal and moving account of two lost children separated by two centuries While researching her next book Julie Myerson finds herself

  • Title: The Lost Child: A Mother's Story
  • Author: Julie Myerson
  • ISBN: 9781596917002
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For readers of Beautiful Boy and Hurry Down Sunshine, a deeply personal and moving account of two lost children separated by two centuries.While researching her next book, Julie Myerson finds herself in a graveyard, looking for traces of a young woman who died nearly two centuries before As a child in Regency England, Mary Yelloly painted an exquisite album of watercolorsFor readers of Beautiful Boy and Hurry Down Sunshine, a deeply personal and moving account of two lost children separated by two centuries.While researching her next book, Julie Myerson finds herself in a graveyard, looking for traces of a young woman who died nearly two centuries before As a child in Regency England, Mary Yelloly painted an exquisite album of watercolors that uniquely reflected the world in which she lived But Mary died at the age of twenty one, and when Julie comes across this album, she is haunted by the potential never realized She is also reminded of her own child.Only days earlier, Julie and her husband locked their eldest son out of the family home He is just seventeen After a happy childhood, he had discovered drugs, and it had taken only a matter of months for the boy to completely lose his way and propel his family into daily chaos Julie whose emotionally fragile relationship with her own father had left her determined to love her children better had to accept that she was powerless to bring him back.Honest, warm, and profoundly moving, this is the parallel story of a girl and a boy separated by centuries The circumstances are very different, but the questions remain terrifyingly the same What happens when a child disappears from a family What will survive of any of us in memory or in history And how is a mother to cope when love is not enough

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    1. Bisognerebbe dare due giudizi separati su questo libro: uno per ognuna delle storie che vi si intrecciano. Da una parte, una storia-pretesto che ricostruisce la vita molto breve di una giovane pittrice Mary Yelloly, morta di tuberculosi nel diciannovesimo secolo, attraverso le ricerche compiute da Julie Myerson - autore e personaggio nello stesso tempo - storia piuttosto debole, non spiacevole ma che sa più di acquarello che di pittura. Dall'altra parte, la storia vera, quella della donna che s [...]

    2. I won this book from First Reads! I was intrigued by the cover and even more so my the book description. I can't wait to get it and to read it!

    3. The following is based on a FirstReads win (an advance reading copy). Myerson's The Lost Child A Mother's Story is actually two stories: her historical research into the (short) life of Mary Yelloly of the 1800s, and her and her family's struggle with their oldest son and his destructive drug addiction. The narrative includes the process of researching Mary, as well as what she finds (including excerpts from diaries and letters), and other stories from the author's young life as she relates them [...]

    4. I won this book from , and here is my review:The Lost Child, A Mother's Story, a memoir by Julie Myerson, released August 2009 by Bloomsbury USA, 328 pages."You can make your babies and you can love them with every single cell of your being, but you can't make them safe, you can't in the end choose how their lives turn out." Reading the memoir The Lost Child by Julie Myerson is heartbreaking, and, as you can guess, Julie's son's life turns out not as she expected but instead it became a great me [...]

    5. I didn't think, during the first half of this book, that I would end up saying I liked it least not without lying. I really wasn't into it until about halfway through, and even then, it was a difficult read. But now that I've finished it, and I've seen how it all comes together, I feel that calm, satisfied feeling of reading a book that I don't regret reading.The Lost Child is a book I never would have given a second thought, except that I won it in a giveaway and didn't have much choice. Maybe [...]

    6. Two seemingly very different true-to-life stories woven together into one -- that's the gist of Myerson's The Lost Child. Did she pull it off smoothly? For the most part, yes, I think so. The writing style is a little different -- reminiscent in my mind to James Frey -- but I kind of liked that about this book. I felt like she nailed it down as far as expressing a mother's feelings of love & helplessness in dealing with her son's drug addiction & there were times I really ached for her. [...]

    7. A profoundly moving and affecting book! The author perfectly captures the intense joy of discovery that awaits the social historian uncovering hitherto unseen documents and artifacts. Interwoven between this story of an early 19th century English family cruelly decimated by illness is the tale of her own personal mothering trauma as her teenaged son succumbs to drug addiction.Myerson skillfully interweaves the two stories, and each is heightened by contrast to the other. She has a true gift for [...]

    8. I am stopping reading this about 1/2 way through. It has an annoying lack of cohesion, quotation marks or any basis in reality. Her son gets violent because he's a pot addict? On what planet is this pot from?Mostly I'm annoyed with this book because it's really much more about her research into a Regency era young woman's life. This is seemingly wholly unconnected to her family problems at least here at the halfway point in the book.

    9. At times I felt completely frustrated at how kind and caring the author was despite her sons abuse toward her and her husband. Even so, as a mother myself to a son whom i love dearly, my heart broke at how hard mother and father fought in this book to maintain sanity in their home. Its a hard read because i know of so many parents who are dealing with children who are addicts. In them i can see the sadness and reading Julies' story i could feel the hopelessness too. Personally I felt that the se [...]

    10. This tells the story of a mother whose son stops going to school, who becomes a different person. It takes the parents months to realize that more is going on than just teenagerhood, that their previously happy, well-adjusted son has become a drug addict. Then there's the longer stretch where they discover that love and support aren't going to help him, and finally the point, after he's stolen and lied and intimidated and hit her, that he has to leave for the sake of the remaining family members [...]

    11. This is my first win in the Advance Copy Giveaways and I was very excited to receive it in the mail. It was a compelling read for me. My ex-husband was in the US Air Force and was stationed at RAF Upper Heyford in England back in the 70's. I gave birth to my two youngest children at the John Radcliffe Maternity Hospital in Oxford. This English author took me back to when I lived in Brill. We were the only Americans in the tiny town. I took the double decker bus on Tuesdays to the Thames Market. [...]

    12. I received this after entering the first reads on .I have to say that the potential for 2 compelling stories were contained in this book. It can be debated whether the stories were compelling in and of themselves or if the writing style interfered with creating the full impact.The author is writing about a girl who died in the 1800's. A book of watercolors begins her journey into the past in order to discover the path the girl walked in her short life. There are present mysteries explored and hi [...]

    13. "The carriage is pulled by two drenched old horses that have seen better days, whipped b y a tired fat man in a scratchy woolen coat-a man who should not have had ale before he set out from Ipswich-windy, sweaty, drink-stained, trying without success to swallow his burps. The wheels squeak and bump, slamming hard over dirt and shale." What a great beginning to actually 3 stories in one. First the story of Mary Yelloly, the child artist. Trying to find her story and to understand the person when [...]

    14. I found this book curiously lacking in insight.As many critics have already remarked, the sections in which the author describes her attempts to find out more about the water colour painter Mary Yelloly are rather laboured. Although she strains to make the artist come alive Mary remains a slight, elusive and really rather uninteresting figure.In writing about her unnamed male child - who is heavily dependent on cannabis - Julie Myerson is too engaged to be able to stand back and narrate from any [...]

    15. At first, I thought this book was something that I had to endure to get through. It was just the mindset that I had at the time. Once I opened myself up, I was hooked on the three stories that took place over different realms of time and determined that the lost child was actually the author more than the two that she "researched."Julie Myerson paints a vivid picture of different time periods where one can actually imagine being there, seeing what she's describing and walking the grounds to the [...]

    16. Overall I did like the book. When I had read the synopsis it sounded very intersting, but I have to agree with Julie's son in the Afterword that I was not very interested in the Mary Yelloly part of the story. I feel it was important for it to be there because it was what Julie was going through at the time and the two stories did intertwine for her. Parts of the history were certainly interesting and the descriptions Julie gave were amazing; at times I felt like I was there with her reading thr [...]

    17. Is it out of fashion to use quotation marks in books now? It seems that i've been reading a lot of books lately where the auther chooses not to use them. In the case of this book, it got really confusing at times. She writes the book to a historical character (perhaps real but i've never heard of Mary Yelloly) so when she is actually talking to someone else or to Mary it's sometimes hard to tell. But it is also about her son and their problems, her father's issues, and random bits of Yelloly his [...]

    18. This was a copy from the First Reads program. Overall I liked the book. I was not interested in the Mary Yelloly story. I felt that part could have been left out of the book entirely. I did like the writing style, I found it easy to read. The secondary story was very compelling. I found the author's challenge with her son very realistic. I felt her honest descriptions and retelling of her story were true to how she must have been feeling. I can only imagine being in her situation as a mother and [...]

    19. The Lost Child is a book by Julie, a mother, who suffers daily physically and emotionally of her lost boy. A boy lost to the addiction of drugs. She struggles with giving him tough love or just enabling him. Also during this time she is researching for this book on the story about Mary Yelloly's short life in the 1820's and 1830's. Julie's most valuable lesson from writing this book and coming to terms with her life is as follows (which is taken from her acknowledgements): "that you can make you [...]

    20. I read this book before I knew of Myerson as an established author and columnist and it was only after reading the story that I googled her and became bombarded with all the controversy surrounding the fact that she has written about her family repeatedly both in her books and in a weekly column on childcare in the Guardian. It made me rethink my original opinion that it was a moving account of her boy's journey into drugs and an interesting biography about a Regency girl who, in her short life, [...]

    21. Wow this book was fascinating. A painful memoir by British writer who wove together her personal painful childhood, her teenage son's drug addition and the story of an obscure 19th century artist. I was less satisfied with the latter part of the story, thus my low star rating. However the story of her son's struggle with drugs, and how the family deals with this was fascinating. Goes right up there with "Beautiful Boy" and "Tweak". Interesting that all of these personal stories with drug additio [...]

    22. I received this book as a First Read winner, which always excites me! The book is actually two stories, it seems. The author writes about a young lady that grew up and died at a young age in the 1800's, and also writes about her drug addicted son. Throughout the entire book, I kept looking for a connection. The parts about her son were very heart-wrenching and interesting. The parts about the Yelloly family were okay. I did find it interesting that instead of a "story" about Mary Yelloly, it wa [...]

    23. I can't keep focus while reading the book. First of all, the subject is not interesting to me. The writing style is also almost dreamy, no quotation marks to show that people were speaking. It gets you confused sometimes, making it harder to focus. Then, the chapters were too long. Only 9 chapters in 315 pages. The writing is also not very well-organized, no real separation or indication of the next scene. Take note that there were three stories in the book, being told not in any chronological o [...]

    24. It's always a good idea to read a book that you wouldn't usually, under normal circumstances, read. It gives you a chance to expand your horizons, but this book was so far out of my comfort zone, that I could not even attempt to enjoy it. There were parts that were semi-interesting, her struggles with her drug-addicted son, which reminded me a lot of other novels I've read about drug addiction. Then there were parts that were so completely uninteresting, that at times I really wanted to stop rea [...]

    25. The Lost Child: A Mother's Story is a memior. At the beginning I couldn't quite get interested, but towards the end there wasn't anything someone could do to get my nose out of this book. Julie is a happily married woman with three kids. She is trying to write a novel about Mary Yelloly, and at the same time trying to cope with the fact that her son is becomming a drug addict. She starts finding more and more things out about Mary and is getting farther away from her own son, so she thinks. She [...]

    26. This book reminds me a lot of Beautiful Boy. The issues she goes through with her son, wanting him home so she knows he's safe, not wanting him there because he's terrorizing them as a familye all too real. Her struggle to figure out what is right for everyone in the family is heart-wrenching. Many other reviewers seemed to not enjoy the Mary Yelloly sections of the book; I on the other hand, thought they leant beautifully to the rest of the "true" story going on. It showed how much the author w [...]

    27. Full disclosure: This was an advanced reader's copy that I obtained through the First Reads program. My first, actually (and probably my last, considering what I'm about to say).The stories of Mary Yelloly, consumptive watercolorist, and the author's son, destructive drug addict, simply did not belong together. While I am sympathetic to what the author was going through while trying to write this book, real life does not always make for the best story. At some point, someone needed to take out a [...]

    28. I enjoyed the story about the Yelloly family and wished it would have been expanded upon. I did not like her "talking" to Mary at the end. I feel this action took away from the rest of the story. If it is fiction keep it fiction, I don't like her assuming what happened. I did not enjoy the parts about her son. I did not like her parenting style and didn't agree with most of what she did, especially the abortion. I was waiting for a good ending about the Yellolys and it just wasn't there. I hones [...]

    29. While I was looking very forward to reading this book, I was overall slightly disappointed. The author dovetails a story she is writing about a girl in the 1830's with that of her addicted son. While I found both stories more or less interesting, the dovetailing of the stories left a lot to be desired. In one paragraph you would be relating to the young girl, and suddenly in the next you would be reading about this cannabis addicted young man and his dysfunctional family. I felt that book reflec [...]

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