Here is the Goodreads description:
In this story for readers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and A Man Called Ove, when all seems lost, he finds what matters most.
Walter Lavender Jr. is a master of finding. A wearer of high-tops. A maker of croissants. A son keeping vigil, twelve years counting.
But he wouldn’t be able to tell you. Silenced by his motor speech disorder, Walter’s life gets lonely. Fortunately, he has The Lavenders—his mother’s enchanted dessert shop, where marzipan dragons breathe actual fire. He also has a knack for tracking down any missing thing—except for his lost father.
So when the Book at the root of the bakery’s magic vanishes, Walter, accompanied by his overweight golden retriever, journeys through New York City to find it—along the way encountering an unforgettable cast of lost souls.
Steeped in nostalgic wonder, The Luster of Lost Things explores the depths of our capacity for kindness and our ability to heal. A lyrical meditation on why we become lost and how we are found, from the bright, broken heart of a boy who knows where to look for everyone but himself.
The book has somewhat of a parable feel, but I just loved its uniqueness. You do have to give yourself over to the story and some of its fantastical components, but I believe it is well worth it. The characters were so richly and vividly written. Being written from Walter's perspective provided me with his individual viewpoint and I thought the author did a wonderful job creating this character. There were so many profound symbolic parts in the book. I would read these wonderful passages and then just sit back with the realization of how truly spot-on Walter's findings were.
I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read The Luster of Lost Things. The holiday season seems like a perfect time to read this uplifting novel and I hope that my followers will add it to their reading list.
I received this book courtesy of G.P. Putnam's and Sons in exchange for an honest review.