The Lost Daughter is a hugely affecting meditation on the fragility of even the strongest bonds, when it comes to marriage, and the way in the midst of the surprising intensities of a blissful union, we can still be all thumbs, emotionally, our own hearts feeling to us like foreign objects.  And yet it's also about the courage and grace the best of us continually manage, despite our myriad shortcomings.   This is a beautifully constructed and moving novel.
--Jim Shepard, author of YOU THINK THAT'S BAD

The Lost Daughter is an intelligent, entertaining, and deeply moving book about three courageous people who think they have escaped the past--"with its small-town gossip and strip malls and mistakes"--only to find that they are still deeply entangled with it and with each other. This is my favorite of Lucy Ferriss's novels and I read it with great pleasure.
--Molly Giles, author of IRON SHOES and CREEK WALK

Ah, motherhood-who can know your bliss, your ache, your secrets? Lucy Ferriss knows and tells in this fast-paced, engrossing tale of mothers and daughters who are not what anyone expected.
--Deb Olin Unferth, author of REVOLUTION

In The Lost Daughter, Lucy Ferriss has crafted a moving tale of sin and redemption, motherhood and second chances, that is sure to touch the reader’s heart.   This is a plot fully loaded, with flawed, compelling characters, in whom we recognize our best dreams of ourselves.
--Eric Goodman, author of TWELFTH & RACE

Lucy Ferriss holds a mirror to today's headlines, smashes it, and turns the splintered shards into a tension-filled, beautifully written story of the moment, when a deadly secret takes on a life of its own.
--Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, author of GIRLS OF TENDER AGE

In her well-crafted novel, Ferriss considers the tender moments that shape our choices and challenge our most sacred bonds.  Her story reminds us how vulnerable our destinies are to the mistakes of our pasts.
--Elizabeth Brundage, author of A STRANGER LIKE YOU

The Lost Daughter began with headlines. Police had been finding the tiny remains of unwanted babies in Dumpsters and restrooms. This wasn't news. What was news was that the parents turned out to be middle-class white teenagers. How could this have happened? the reporters wanted to know. Well, I thought, I know exactly how it happened. And so, more than a decade ago, I set out to write a depressing story. But along the way, my teenaged characters, never caught, grew up. They kept their guilt buried inside them, carrying it as we all carry the unknown sins of our past, letting those mistakes weigh us down. 
   Then, surprisingly, I discovered this: the baby lived. And The Lost Daughter was born.
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My 2005 memoir, Unveiling the Prophet, began with an incident in St. Louis, my hometown, in 1972, which changed the course of history for that city and marked the end of an era. I waited 30 years for someone to write about that event and the intersections of race, class, and gender expectations that led up to it . . . until I realized that that someone had to be me. Published by University of Missouri Press, Unveiling the Prophet was declared Best Book of the Year by the St. Louis Riverfront Times.

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The twelve stories in the award-winning collection Leaving the Neighborhood are variously concerned with departures -- physical, emotional, even philosophical. Yet few things in life are ever completely left behind. That which is unresolved remains. In each of these stories, men and women find themselves drawn into confrontations without knowing quite how they got there. As the consequences suddenly awaken their moral self-awareness, they face the task of recapturing and redefining the past in order to shape the future. For more reflections on Leaving the Neighborhood and the writing life, see my entry at Mid-List Press.

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In my fifth novel, published in 2001, nine-year-old Toby Ames is desperately in need of a heart transplant. His salvation comes in the form of Brooke Hunter, a young girl who died with her father in a motorcycle accident. But Toby’s new heart bring with it the demands of family, passion, and loss. Recognized by the Peter Taylor Prize in the Novel, Nerves of the Heart is the story of adults nursing old and new loves, and of the child who must shoulder the weight of their hurts and hopes.

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