Finding What's Lost

Finding What's Lost

Gail L. Winfree / Oct 25, 2020

Finding What s Lost It s and year old Adrian Berger s life is about to change An only child with well to do parents Adrian has everything except friends His sheltered childhood has crippled him emotionally and s

  • Title: Finding What's Lost
  • Author: Gail L. Winfree
  • ISBN: 9781479330690
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s 1972 and 24 year old Adrian Berger s life is about to change An only child with well to do parents, Adrian has everything except friends His sheltered childhood has crippled him emotionally and sexually and has made him a selfish, arrogant loner He has no regrets about it until he is faced with a tragedy that sends him on a journey to unlock a family secret and revIt s 1972 and 24 year old Adrian Berger s life is about to change An only child with well to do parents, Adrian has everything except friends His sheltered childhood has crippled him emotionally and sexually and has made him a selfish, arrogant loner He has no regrets about it until he is faced with a tragedy that sends him on a journey to unlock a family secret and reveal the lies of his life Along the way, Adrian discovers love, explores loss, finds a hidden identity, and faces difficulties he s not prepared to meet He experiences the joys of Zen, naked women, and BBK beer He finds God the hard way He learns about love and sex the hard way He learns to make friends the hard way He learns life the hard way, finding reality a difficult concept to grasp at times This journey takes Adrian to Kaiserslautern, Germany, where he must find the two people who can help him put the pieces of his puzzled life together and unravel the lies he has lived And all he has are names Joseph and Katherina Iwanovitz.

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      • Gail L. Winfree

        I was born on February 13, 1952, in Nashville, Tennessee After graduating high school, I wandered through life, taking numerous jobs, until finally settling into an assistant engineer job in a Nashville recording studio When the studio went out of business, I joined the Army and was sent to the Defense Information School where I studied journalism The training and experience I received in the Army has been invaluable to my writing As military journalists, we were prepared to go anywhere in the world and use whatever was available to us to get the news out Writing was simple and clean, no gimmicks, no computer, no Internet, just a pad and pencil, a typewriter, and a 35mm camera We learned to do it all.In 1974, I was transferred to Germany where I met Monika, and we married in 1976 I separated from the Army in 1982, stayed in Germany, did some freelance and consulting work, and then took a government job After a couple of years, I got tired of being a bureaucrat, so I quit my government job and, again, did some freelancing and consulting I spent 8 years teaching college part time, 15 years tour guiding part time, and 6 years working for the Red Cross part time During that time, I managed to complete my BA in English, BS in Journalism, and MS in Public Administration.I wrote and published K town A City Guide in 1987 It was the first English language book about Kaiserslautern a city in southwestern Germany with a large U.S military population and sold very well locally Since the book was a local guide, I self published it and sold it locally That was quite a feat in those pre electronic, pre digital days Again, my Army training paid off.In 1994, I went to work for the USO in Kaiserslautern where I m currently the tours and marketing manager and publish the monthly USO magazine, Kaiserslautern Kabel, for the English language community here I also write booksSeveral years ago, Monika and I bought an old built in 1875 farm house in a small village in the Palatinate Forest area We spend a lot of time working on the house and in the garden We share our home with nine dogs and a farmyard full of cats, hedgehogs, fish, birds, and other assorted creatures that come around for a handout We re also active in animal rescue.I ve spent most of my life writing nonfiction professionally Though I ve always enjoyed poetry and fiction, I never seriously considered publishing my work until Recently.I published my first book of poetry and short stories, Things I Remember, in 2010 my first novel, Finding What s Lost, in 2012 and my second novel, The Reality of Being Lovers, in 2013 I m currently working on a few other writing projects.Visit me at my website winfree writes or on my Facebook Page at facebook GailLWinfree.


    619 Comments

    1. Gail Winfree is a true literary talent. I wouldn't be surprised to see him getting nominated for a high literary award at some time. His books are definitely not "run of the mill". I already noticed this when I read "Things I Remember", where Gail Winfree proves himself as a deep thinker, one could even say a philosopher; mind you a daring philosopher who recklessly defies conventions. Now, "Finding What's Lost" is a novel, not a poetry book that reminisces in philosophical thoughts, but here, t [...]


    2. I won this book for free from the Goodread's First Reads giveaway."Finding What's Lost" was overall a good book. It takes place in 1972 in America. A 24 year old man named Adrian Berger just loses his parents to an accident. He finds out afterwards that he was adopted; he then searches for his family's roots in Kaiserslautern Germany (where the second half of the book takes place).The author has a different writing style than the usual. I must say I kind of enjoyed it. Each paragraph was spaced [...]


    3. In this first-person narrative Adrian Berger, a 24 year old American, tells about the big L's: Life, Love, Lust and Loss.His journey begins in America, where he attended college, and leads him in the second part of the book to Germany, specifically to Kaiserslautern (aka K-Town). The chapters are interrupted by sections called "interlude", which represent some kind of diary, and lead out of the context of linear story.The whole book I think is worth reading. Although written in a rather simple l [...]


    4. Beautiful "Coming of Age" novel. Deceptively simple writing style, by an author owing a certain debt to Hemingway. I really enjoyed it. The author draws you into the main character, Adrian Berger, who has to deal with some terrible losses at a young age; all related with compassion and sensitivity. It also evokes a past age of recent history: post Vietnam War America, and West Germany, with US presence still very evident. I warmed to Adrian, and another surprise in the narrative is the appearanc [...]


    5. A young man loses his parents, then searches for his roots in the post WWII era in Germany. He arrives in Kaiserslautern and begins his journey in search of himself and his biological parents. Along the way he finds what was lost. Having lived in the military community in Germany in the early 1980s, and here again for the past three years, I felt a connection to the young man as he struggled to learn the language and culture, and ultimately found the connections he hoped he would find. This book [...]



    6. I feel a bit like the young boy sent off to his first school dance with an admonition from his mother to say something nice to anyone he interacted with. Took a bit of thinking but as he was dancing with a classmate he came up with "Wow, you don't sweat much for a fat girl!" This book puts me in mind of that situation so I guess my good comment would be - "At least it is short!". And while I have published a few dozen articles in magazines on photography, sailing and business I have not written [...]


    7. What can I say about a book that I loved, besides “I loved it!” Finding What's Lost, by Gail L. Winfree, is a story about a young American man in Germany, on a quest to find his birth parents. Along the way, Adrian, the main character, finds a life for himself. He falls in love, more than once. I cried when the character, Hanna, passed away. Half-way through the book, I found myself not being able to put it down. I felt what the characters were feeling. Mr. Winfree's attention to detail in d [...]


    8. History and/or SexI was very excited to find a book located in Kaiserslautern, a town of which I expect most readers have never heard. Oddly enough, I found the first part, before Adrian went overseas, the more interesting. My brother sang opera there for several years, and I would visit him nearly every summer. I had hoped that Kaiserslautern would have played a greater part in the narrative, but alas, it did not, except for naked women on porches folding clothes, couch scenes, bedroom scenes a [...]




    9. Wanting to know your heritage is something important in your lifecially if you were adopted. I felt like I was travelling with Adrian during this whole book. I cried when the love of his life died. I rejoiced when he found what he was looking for. Great book! Looking forward to reading more from this author.



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