Title: What Once Was Lost
Author Name & Publisher: A.M. Leibowitz (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 13, 2016 – 74 pgs
When their son goes missing on a camping trip, Brook and Casey are given a chance to make amends for their past mistakes with each other.
Following a volatile break-up with his partner, Casey has been raising his son, Ryan, mostly on his own. While Ryan is on a camping trip in the Adirondacks, Casey and Brook make another attempt to work through their differences, with disastrous results. But when Ryan and his friend disappear in the mountains, Casey and Brook travel together to find him. The tension leads to an opportunity to listen to each other, reconcile their history, and recover the love they once shared.
This was a great book that even through it was a short story. The author was able to immediately capture as the book started off with a bang with Casey and Brook fighting and their son overhearing it. I would have liked to have gotten a little more background information but overall I enjoyed the book. I also didn’t really care for the ending as I would have liked to hear more of the story and really find out if they were able to make it work. The author writing was exceptionally good and the character development was great just really wanted a little more story development.
I would consider this short story to be a good one. I rated this book as a four because I would have liked to have known a couple of things that we left unanswered but as far as a short story goes this was a good one with a lot of emotions portrayed in it.
Brook is portrayed as the bad guy in the book because his actions was what ultimately what caused his and Caseys relationship to end. Of course Brook being caught with his pants down with someone other then his partner would not cause them to have an happily ever after but I believe that Casey was as much to blame for their relationship failing as it was to catch Brook with another man.
Casey in my opinion is holding onto his hurt and anger and does not see what his past actions played a role in his and Brooks relationship coming to an end. That is what plays a major role in their son hearing them fight and constantly accusing each other of their failings. In the end this is what causes their son to decide to run away with his best friend.
The parts I found myself questioning once I was done with this short story is what happened after the fact between the therapist and Brook once the relationship ended between Brook and Casey. I would have liked to have learned what ended up happening after finding out the role the therapist played in their relationships demise. I would have also liked to have found out what they decided in the long run of their relationship since they started working out their problems. But I do understand that this is a short story based on happily for now and not happily ever after.
I honestly believe that this was a great short story. As I said earlier there was a lot of emotions in it and that is very true. I felt those emotions the characters were going through as if I was one of them myself.
This could have potential to be a really awesome novel is A.M. Leibowitz decided to make it one but even if not it is still an awesome short story and I think others will feel the same way.
Author. Editor. Spouse, parent, queer, feminist, reader, and writer falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum. Agnostic Christian offering commentary on faith, culture, and writing. Read more: http://amleibowitz.com/about-me/