Lost in the City by Edward P. JonesA magnificent collection of short fiction focusing on the lives of African-American men and women in Washington, D.C., Lost in the City is the book that first brought author Edward P. Jones to national attention. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and numerous other honors for his novel The Known World, Jones made his literary debut with these powerful tales of ordinary people who live in the shadows in this metropolis of great monuments and rich history. Lost in the City received the Pen/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction and was a National Book Award Finalist. This beautiful 20th Anniversary Edition features a new introduction by the author, and is a wonderful companion piece to Jones’s masterful novel and his second acclaimed collection of stories, All Aunt Hagar’s Children.
The Day I Got Lost
We were in Australia with my brother, my ex-girlfriend and my cousin. We were going to the east in direction to Cains, a city in Queensland. We had to pass through Cains because it was the shortest route to come back home to Melbourne. We were using a satnav, but in Australia there are more cities with the same name. So, we changed the wrong destination with the right destination. One year ago I got lost in Aspromonte during a journey with my friends when we were travelling toward the Calabrian Mountains.
But really getting lost, losing your bearings in some thick forest; finding yourself on some nameless city backstreet, well away from where you meant to be; or something similar, is a truly unique experience. It can inspire dread and excitement, and more than anything, it forces you to truly begin exploring. If only to find your way back to somewhere familiar. Now we want to hear your greatest stories of getting lost. In the comments below, tell us your greatest story of getting lost. Your story may be featured in an upcoming collection on Atlas Obscura.