A man loses his piano keys, a boy misplaces his father, an older woman loses her house, and a young woman loses her sense of direction. Mathewson, a debut writer from New Zealand, has written a wonderful, hallucinatory book that explores the magic of what happens when we lose something. —Ty— From Ty's Picks
February 2015 Indie Next List
“In London, a group of people have lost that which they hold most dear. A girl stands in the airport waiting for her lover while her feet turn to roots and her skin to bark. A recluse loses the front wall of her home, while a workaholic cannot find his office building. Piano keys, a sense of direction, and a boy's relationship with his father all have gone astray. Slowly, each victim adapts, unwittingly helping one another during the briefest encounters. Each loss is heartbreaking and each character's struggle to survive is inspiring. With stunning prose and insight, Matthewson uses magic to illuminate truth in this hauntingly beautiful debut novel.”
— Amelia Stymacks, Northshire Bookstore Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, NY
Here is a quirky and fantastical novel about things lost and things found from a startling new voice in fiction.
On a seemingly normal morning in London, a group of people all lose something dear to them, something dear but peculiar: the front of their house, their piano keys, their sense of direction, their place of work.
Meanwhile, Jake, a young boy whose father brings him to London following his mother's sudden death, finds himself strangely attracted to other people's lost things. But little does he realize that his most valuable possession, his relationship with his father, is slipping away from him.
Of Things Gone Astray is a magical fable about modern life and values and finding the things that really matter.
About the Author
Janina Matthewson is a writer and trained actress from Christchurch, New Zealand. She now lives in London. Of Things Gone Astray is her first full-length novel.