What We've Lost Is Nothing

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What We've Lost Is Nothing

By Rachel Louise Snyder

Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9781476725178, 302pp.

Publication Date: January 21, 2014

From an NPR contributor, investigative journalist, and one of Library Journal's "outstanding new voices," a striking debut novel that chronicles the first twenty-four hours after a mass burglary in a suburban Chicago neighborhood and the suspicions, secrets, and prejudices that surface in its wake.
One of Vogue.com's "Ten Best Suspense Books"
In her striking debut novel, Rachel Louise Snyder chronicles the twenty-four hours following a mass burglary in a Chicago suburb and the suspicions, secrets, and prejudices that surface in its wake.
Nestled on the edge of Chicago's gritty west side, Oak Park is a suburb in flux. To the west, theaters and shops frame posh houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. To the east lies a neighborhood still recovering from urban decline. In the center of the community sits Ilios Lane, a pristine cul-de-sac dotted with quiet homes that bridge the surrounding extremes of wealth and poverty.
On the first warm day in April, Mary Elizabeth McPherson, a lifelong resident of Ilios Lane, skips school with her friend Sofia. As the two experiment with a heavy dose of ecstasy in Mary Elizabeth's dining room, a series of home invasions rocks their neighborhood. At first the community is determined to band together, but rising suspicions soon threaten to destroy the world they were attempting to create. Filtered through a vibrant pinwheel of characters, Snyder's tour de force evokes the heightened tension of a community on edge as it builds toward one of the most explosive conclusions in recent fiction. Incisive and panoramic, "What We ve Lost is Nothing" illuminates the evolving relationship between American cities and their suburbs, the hidden prejudices that can threaten a way of life, and the redemptive power of tolerance in a community torn asunder.

About the Author
Rachel Louise Snyder is a writer, radio commentator, and professor of creative writing at American University. Her first book, "Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade", " "was featured on more than two dozen public-radio programs across the United States, including "This American Life", "Marketplace, " and the "World. "She has contributed regularly to NPR's" All Things Considered" and she hosted the public radio series' "Global Guru", and" Latitudes". Her writing has appeared in "The" "New Yorker, The" "New York Times Magazine", "Slate", "Salon", " The" "Washington Post", the "Chicago Tribune", the "New Republic", and many others"." Originally from Chicago, she has lived in Boston, London, and Phnom Penh, and currently lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and daughter. She received her MFA from Emerson College. "What We've Lost Is Nothing" is her first novel.