Lost in Montreal tells the story of Jacqueline a lively undaunted girl of fifteen and the competition between her and Lisbeth her aloof beautiful and seductive Austrian Jewish mother who abandoned her when she was very young. Jacqueline gets involved with her mother's boyfriends as a way of winning her mother's respect. She is aware of her antics but treats them sardonically. Gerald Jacqueline's fallen aristocrat British father who raised her in bars is a source of both wisdom and problems. She goes to him when she is trying to understand why her mother shows no enthusiasm for her as well as for advice on her other adventures. In her loneliness she frequently goes out in Montreal looking for attention and to feel the power of her sexual attractiveness. All the characters: her mother her father Jacqueline's friends and suitors all communicate through humor and indomitableness. Like the city itself their lives are sensual and fun. They pride themselves on being survivors and living their lives bravely and independently if somewhat unconventionally. Because of the vividness of the characters Lost in Montreal tells a young girl's unique coming-of-age story with both wit and deep feeling.
Gay Walley is the author of two prior novels. Strings Attached (University Press of Mississippi 1999) was a finalist for the Pirates Alley/Faulkner Award the Writer's Voice Capricorn Award and Paris Book Festival Award. The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable (IML Publications 2007) is being reissued by Skyhorse Publishing in 2014. It was a finalist for Paris Book Festival Award. A film based on the book is currently under production from a script written by Ms. Walley. She is also a Zoetrope finalist for her story The Naked Maja. Her play Love Genius and a Walk opened at the 2013 Midtown Festival in New York and was nominated for six awards including best playwright. It is scheduled to be produced Off-Broadway.