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The opening of Nell Freudenberger’s new novel, “Lost and Wanted,” echoes a classic “Twilight Zone” episode. In “Night Call,” a phone rings and an elderly woman answers only to hear weird indecipherable sounds. The calls continue until they’re traced to a nearby cemetery, where a downed wire rests on the grave belonging to the woman’s deceased fiancee. In “Lost and Wanted, our narrator, Helen Clapp, looks at her ringing cellphone one morning and — thanks to the modern miracle of caller ID — sees the name Charlie come up. The problem is that Charlie, Helen’s best friend from college, died the night before. (Knopf). Out of this creepy premise, Freudenberger has crafted a gorgeous literary nov... Full story

19 April