I love this vintage postcard from the “California Alligator Farm, Los Angeles, California.” This unusual memento–from an alligator amusement park that was popular in Los Angeles at the turn of the 20th century–partly inspired the setting of Sarah Addison Allen’s latest novel, Lost Lake.
Lost Lake, the fictional place as well as the book, blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. Grief and loss have hollowed out all of Allen’s characters–all of them misfits–when we meet first meet them. The owner of Lost Lake, Eby, has finally decided to sell the waning property, an inciting incident that brings the misfits together at this mystical place where dead chefs still occupy a seat at the kitchen table and alligators befriend little girls.
A great choice for the March 2014 She Reads Book Club, my copy of Lost Lake will stay behind at the beach condo where I’m vacationing this week. I’m sure a future guest will enjoy this escapist novel.
To learn more about Lost Lake and author Sarah Addison Allen, visit her website at sarahaddisonallen.com. As with all She Reads Book Club selections, the author will be posting her insights about the book and her writing life all month long at SheReads.org.