Doris―a lone liberal in a conservative small town―has mostly kept to herself since the terrible waterslide incident a few years ago. Nell had to leave behind her best friends, perfect life, and too-good-to-be-true boyfriend in Chicago to move to Alabama. Grant was the star quarterback and epitome of "Mr. Popular" whose drinking problem has all but destroyed his life. What do these three have in common? A summer job working in a store called Unclaimed Baggage, where they catalog and sell other people's lost luggage. Together they find that through friendship, they can unpack some of their own emotional baggage and move on into the future.
"In her YA debut, Doll skillfully integrates three alternating voices―especially Doris, with her gift for finding things―in a story threaded through with relationships and identities lost and found. Over the course of the summer, junk and treasures, both sentimental and real, pass through the shop; family history is reclaimed; and things, stories, and people find new places to belong." ― Publishers Weekly, starred review