Reviews: The Department of Lost & Found


“Funny and frank. A serious comedy that shines light into the darkness.”
The Tampa Tribune


“A light, fast and fun read about a serious topic.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer


“A writer to watch.” – The Literary Guild


The Department of Lost and Found does a good service to readers showing how breast cancer, while physically devastating, can strengthen one's resolve and give life a new meaning.”
Mamm Magazine


“A great way to kick off your summer reading. Editors' choice.”


Smart and well-written.” – Marie Claire


“Too good to pass up. You'll laugh a lot (and cry just a little) as Natalie rebounds from the big C and reinvents her life.” – Cosmopolitan


“Scotch handles the topic of cancer with humor and hope, never dipping into the maudlin. The changes and realizations that the characters make are profound and moving. An impressive debut.” – Booklist


“A bonbon of a book.” – Publishers Weekly


“More than a story about struggling with cancer, The Department of Lost and Found is a story about strength, courage and finding your own way. Allison Winn Scotch writes with honest realism. This is a smart and moving book.” – Cara Lockwood, author of Pink Slip Party, Dixieland Sushi and I Did (But I Wouldn't Now)


“What a discovery! Allison Winn Scotch is the real deal and The Department of Lost and Found is one you absolutely won't want to miss. Sweet, funny, and totally endearing — this book grabbed me from page one and didn't let go. Buy it now! You can thank me later.”
Johanna Edwards, bestselling author of The Next Big Thing and How to Be Cool


“Funny, touching, tender, true — The Department of Lost and Found is the story of a woman who loses everything, and finds herself. I loved it.” – Pamela Redmond Satran, author of The Man I Should Have Married, Babes in Captivity, Younger, Suburbanistas


The Department of Lost and Found is honest, touching and funny. Allison Winn Scotch’s thoroughly engaging and optimistic debut novel simply sparkles!”
Claire Cook, author of Must Love Dogs and Take It or Leave It


“Allison Winn Scotch's debut The Department Of Lost And Found is not just smart and engrossing, it's so real and raw that I'd have sworn it was a memoir. Powerfully written, I connected instantly with Natalie and empathized while she healed physically and spiritually, and I cheered her on as she reinvented her concept of living. With such a sensitive subject, getting heavy-handed with emotion would have been understandable. However, Winn Scotch deftly interjects enough levity to make the story captivating and redeeming rather than maudlin — I was engrossed from the very first page! (But, really? She had me at The Price Is Right.)”
Jen Lancaster, author of Bitter is the New Black


“I'm hesitant to call a book about breast cancer ‘uplifting,’ but The Department of Lost and Found is exactly that, with a heroine who dares to be cranky and bitchy about her disease while still attempting to keep her 'brave' game face on. The story is real, honest, engrossing and funny, too. Plus, any book with a Bob Barker cameo is aces with me.”
Valerie Frankel, author of Hex and the Single Girl and I Take This Man