This book was ripe with symbolism and thematic elements that gave me almost too many options when it came to tying them into an outfit. I started with a simple yet vibrant outfit featuring a foliage printed blouse. The blouse, along with the wooden clutch, “Knock on Wood” nail lacquer, and tree ring, is a tie-in to the story of Cassie who is stuck in a terminal in Heathrow slowly turning into a tree like a nymph from Greek mythology. The nail lacquer and wood clutch also reference the tale of Robert, suddenly jobless and seeking his self-identity. Marcus, once a renowned pianist, wakes up one morning to find is piano (the one he built with his father as a boy) is suddenly missing its keys – thus the piano ballet flats. Delia, trapped taking care of her invalid mother, finds herself bereft of her sense of direction, so including the compass bracelet seemed appropriate. Woven through these stories of loss is the tale of Jake, a young boy coping with the unexpected death of his mother and struggling to relate to his father. Gradually Jake becomes more and more fixated on his photography and finding lost objects. The “Lost and Found” key earrings and the camera earrings are for his story, along with the love letter necklace which neatly links him back to Cassie’s journey. The intertwined narratives also feature the story of Mrs. Featherby who wakes to find the entire front of her house, her shelter from the outside world, is completely, inexplicably missing.
What have you lost? Do you even know you’ve lost it?
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