Lost: A Memoir

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In September of 1995, Cathy Ostlere visited her family in Calgary to celebrate her younger brother David’s birthday. It had been a family tradition that no matter where globe-trotting David might be, he would call on his birthday to reconnect and reminisce. But Cathy knows something she hasn’t admitted — David had begged her not to tell their fretting parents about his latest adventure, sailing 1,200 miles from Ireland to the island of Madeira. The trip should have taken two weeks, but two months have passed with...

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Overview

In September of 1995, Cathy Ostlere visited her family in Calgary to celebrate her younger brother David’s birthday. It had been a family tradition that no matter where globe-trotting David might be, he would call on his birthday to reconnect and reminisce. But Cathy knows something she hasn’t admitted — David had begged her not to tell their fretting parents about his latest adventure, sailing 1,200 miles from Ireland to the island of Madeira. The trip should have taken two weeks, but two months have passed with no word. Cathy decides to break her silence. Thus begins Lost, a remarkable journey in search of closure and emotional redemption. Looking for answers Cathy finds instead only new and sometimes more troubling questions — questions that will come to have profound repercussions in her own life. How do we know our true passions? In a life defined by obligations, what are the risks? And what are the consequences for following our passion?

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"Hope is a fierce longing," Ostlere writes, reflecting on the first few months after her brother's boat disappeared in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. "It can beat your heart for months." Ostlere, who lives in Calgary, Canada, knew David, who was 36 years old, was planning the trip from Ireland to Madeira, but he'd asked her not to tell their parents-trying to decide when to inform them is the first of several emotional struggles she faces, one which fills her with self-recrimination. In an effort to resolve her grief (which she comes to recognize is "a question without an answer"), Ostlere heads to Madeira shortly after the (presumed) accident, and then a year later to Ireland and the Scottish island where David lived with his girlfriend. Her emotional pain is raw, especially in passages where she compares David's adventurous lifestyle to her choice of domesticity, or the anger that comes when she finally realizes how reckless and ill-prepared he'd been to attempt this trip at all. For all the influence David's unknown fate wields over events, it's these internal intimacies, and the tracing of their effect on her relationships with other surviving family, that give the memoir its most enduring power. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554700431
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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