The Collector of Lost Things

The Collector of Lost Things: A Novel
By Jeremy Page (Pegasus Books, $26)

Jeremy Page’s riveting novel The Collector of Lost Things incorporates elements of both The Turn of the Screw and Moby-Dick in a rollicking adventure tale. In 1845, thoughtful naturalist Eliot Saxby sets sail from Liverpool in search of a rare flightless bird, the great auk. Onboard the Amethyst, he encounters its cruel captain and his crew, as well as a woman Saxby is certain he knew a decade prior in upsetting circumstances. Just as Saxby hopes to save the great auk from extinction, Page (author of the novels Salt and Sea Change) has rescued an old-fashioned literary tradition and brought it back to vivid life.