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Not Lost: A Story About Leaving Home

Not Lost: A Story About Leaving Home
  • Not Lost: A Story About Leaving Home


Sarah Maria Griffin’s memoir of her first year in San Francisco is a deeply moving and funny work that reveals much about emigration for the modern generation.

At once brazen and terrified, Sarah Maria Griffin’s beautifully written memoir, Not Lost: A Story About Leaving Home, opens a doorway into the interior life of the Celtic Tiger Cubs who have left Ireland to escape the recession and in search of prosperity.

Thrown into life 5,000 miles away from home, Sarah’s tale echoes that of many of her generation forced to forge new lives and build new homes on distant shores. She describes in open, honest, detail her experience of her first year in San Francisco, a year of struggle and strife, of newness and oddness of adventure and excitement, of loneliness and despair, but also of incredible happiness and joy.

Not Lost is a book about growing up, about friendship, about love, about life and living it well. It is by turns heartbreaking, funny, tender and gutsy, it is assured but never cocky and marks Sarah Maria Griffin as one of the major voices of her generation.


‘Griffin’s writing never ceases to be compelling…She certainly fits into, and holds her own among the global movement of young women writing about their own lives. Women of all ages will love reading Griffin’s story as, for many, her ambition, enthusiasm, naiveté, hunger for life and vivacity will sound an echo deep inside of a long-buried voice.’ – Irish Independent

‘an amusing, frank, fresh and very Irish assessment of what it is to step out of ones comfort zone.’ – Sunday Business Post

‘A gutsy book about love and friendship for the new emigration generation.’ – Irish Examiner

‘In Not Lost Griffin captures the unease and excitement as she navigates an unfamiliar city and forges a new life away from the Dublin she grew up in… Keep this émigré on your radar.’ – IMAGE Magazine


Sarah Maria Griffin


C-format, paperback





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Weight .334 g
Dimensions 215 × 135 × 20 mm


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