Once was Lost, by Sara Zarr
Title: Once was Lost
Author: Sara Zarr
Originally Published: 2009
Format I Read: Hardback
Publisher: Little, Brown
This was my last Sara Zarr book. Meaning, I have now read her entire backlist. And, as it happens, Once was Lost was my favorite of the four. I needed this book at the exact time I read it.
Sara Zarr is a local Utah author, and this post is part of the Utah Book Month celebrations!
Samara Taylor used to believe in miracles. She used to believe in a lot of things.
When your father’s a pastor, it’s hard not to buy in to the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and amazing grace. But lately, Sam has a lot of reasons to doubt. Her mother lands in rehab after a DUI and her father seems more interested in his congregation than his family. When a young girl in her small town is kidnapped, the local tragedy overlaps with Sam’s personal one, and the already worn thread of faith holding her together begins to unravel.
In her third novel, acclaimed author Sara Zarr examines the coexistence of affliction and hope, and what happens when everything you thought you believed–about God, your family, and yourself–is transformed.
Sara Zarr manages to tackle a kidnapping, a crumbling family, and loss of faith in God with amazing grace (no pun intended). Sam is a great teenaged main character – one who is smart but not adult smart. She’s real. And her struggles with her faith rang so true. No matter what our religious beliefs, we all struggle from time to time. And Zarr makes Sam’s struggle both personal and universal.
I just loved this book with all of my heart. Sara Zarr is an amazing writer, and I’m looking forward to her future works.