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The Stolen Child Paperback – May 8 2007

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (May 8 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400096537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400096534
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #587,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Utterly absorbing . . . a luminous and thrilling novel about our humanity." —Washington Post“A wonderful, fantasy-laden debut . . . so spare and unsentimental that it’s impossible not to be moved.” —Newsweek “The book gains unexpected force as the plots converge... it culminates in a torrent of emotion.” —The New York Times

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THE STOLEN CHILD is the story of Henry Day, a seven-year-old kidnapped by a strange group living in the dark forest near his home. He is stolen by changelings--ageless beings whose secret community is threatened by encroaching modern life. They give Henry a new name, Aniday, and the gift of agelessness--now and forever, he will be seven years old. In keeping with tradition, the group has left another child in Henry's place. This changeling boy, who has morphed himself into Henry's duplicate, must adjust to a completely new way of life and hide his true identity from the Day family. But he can't hide his extraordinary talent for the piano (a skill the real Henry never displayed), and his near-perfect performances prompt his father to suspect that the son he has raised is an imposter. As he grows older the new Henry Day becomes haunted by vague but persistent memories of life in another time and place, of a German piano teacher and his prodigy. Both Henry and Aniday search obsessively for who they were before they changed places in the world.
Narrated in the alternating voices of Henry Day and his double, THE STOLEN CHILD is a classic tale of the search for identity and leaving childhood. With just the right mix of fantasy and realism, Keith Donohue creates a literary fable of remarkable depth and strange delights. The result is a bedtime story for adults, which will appeal to readers charmed and captivated by such recent bestsellers as "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and" The Confessions of Max Tivoli and by the classics of Tolkien and J. M. Barrie.

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