|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||May 2007|
|Number of Pages:||320|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.55|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.25 x 8.0 x 0.75|
In this adult fairy tale, we take a trip to the other side of the hollow tree a glimpse into the fey life of hobgoblins. Seven-year-old Henry Day is hiding in the woods near his home when he is snatched by hobgoblins they have been scheming to replace Henry with a lookalike goblin, or changeling, for some time. Andy Paris and Jeff Woodman narrate the lives of the changeling Henry and the snatched Henry, who becomes Aniday.
Both remember their past lives as they try to fit into their new worlds. Changeling Henry becomes an accomplished pianist a talent for music the real Henry had never shown. Aniday finds life among the changelings anything but magical, for in the modern world there is little space left for enchanted forests. This book is a delightful trip through the looking glass into the world of fairies, a rather darker world fraught with its own problems. Highly recommended for all libraries. Theresa Connors, Arkansas Tech Univ., Russellville
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Fairy tales often reach into dark places, and this one is no exception. Inspired by a W.B. Yeats poem, it is a modern retelling of the changeling myth, in which a child is stolen away by fairies who leave one of their own in its place. In this case, seven-year-old Henry Day is the changeling; the real Henry is now called Aniday and lives in the woods with a group of other stolen-away children.
We follow Henry and Aniday in alternating chapters as Henry grows up and Aniday, forever seven, does not. Henry tries to fit into his new life, but traces of his previous existence keep revealing themselves, e.g., he has a musical talent that the original Henry never had. Meanwhile, Aniday struggles to hold on to his humanity even as he forgets who he was. Despite the fantastic element, Donohue anchors the book in a mid-century America that feels specific and real. A haunting, unusual first novel, The Stolen Child is recommended for all public libraries.
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Remember Yeats's poem about changelings? In Donohue's reconfiguring, a debut novel, these ageless beings kidnap seven-year-old Henry and replace him with a look-alike who craftily fits right in-except that he plays the piano so remarkably well.
“I am a changeling–a word that describes within its own name what we are bound and intended to do. We kidnap a human child and replace him or her with one of our own... ” The double story of Henry Day begins in 1949, when he is kidnapped at age seven by a band of wild childlike beings who live in an ancient, secret community in the forest. The changelings rename their captive Aniday and he becomes, like them, unaging and stuck in time.
They leave one of their own to take his place, an imposter who must try–with varying success–to hide his true identity from the Day family. As the changeling Henry grows up, he is haunted by glimpses of his lost double and by vague memories of his own childhood a century earlier. Narrated in turns by Henry and Aniday, The Stolen Child follows them as their lives converge, driven by their obsessive search for who they were before they changed places in the world. Moving from a realistic setting in small-town America deep into the forest of humankind’s most basic desires and fears, this remarkable novel is a haunting fable about identity and the illusory innocence of childhood.
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