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The department of lost & found
Allison Winn Scotch
Adult Fiction SCOTCH

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Summary: In this hopeful, humorous, and astonishingly deft debut, Allison Winn Scotch explores what happens when a young woman thinks shes lost everything that matters--and ends up discovering whats truly important. This is a novel that will leave you taking stock of whats important in your own life . . . and never letting it go. It didnt start out as the worst day of Natalie Millers life. At thirty, she is moving up the political ladder, driven by raw ambition and ruthless determination. As the top aide to New Yorks powerful female senator, she works hard, stays late, and enjoys every bit of it, even if the bills shes pushing through do little to improve the lives of the senators constituents. And if her boyfriend isnt the sexiest guy alive, at least hes a warm body to come home to. Then he announces hes leaving. But that news is barely a blip compared to what Natalies doctor tells her: She has breast cancer. And she cant cure it by merely being headstrong. Now the life Natalie must change is her own. All her energy, what little of it she has left, must go into saving herself from a merciless disease. So when shes not lying on the sofa recovering from her treatments and indulging in a curious addiction to The Price Is Right, she realizes its time to take a hard look at her choices. She begins by tracking down the five loves-of-her-life to assess what went wrong. Along the way, she questions her relationships with her friends, her parents, her colleagues, the one who got away, and, most important, with herself: Why is she so busy moving through life that she never stops to embrace it? As Natalie sleuths out the answers to these questions, her journey of self-discovery takes her down new paths and to unexplored places. And she learns that sometimes when life is at its most unexpected, its not what you lose that makes you who you are . . . its what you find.

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main characters Natalie Miller
Age: 30
Cancer patient
Senior aide to a female senator; caught her boyfriend cheating on her; keeps a journal; goes thorugh rounds of chemo; has a mastectomy; reunited with an old love who wants to take care of her; has a crush on her gynecologist.

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