Reading Frenzy

Monday, June 05, 2006

The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue

The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue

In this lyrical and magical tale of two children, 7-year-old Henry Day is stolen by changelings and becomes Aniday, the newest member of the tribe. The eldest changeling morphs into a duplicate of Henry, and takes his place in Henry's family, in the real world. The novel begins with this switch which takes place in the 1950's, somewhere in the northeastern United States. Neither the former Henry Day, or the new Henry Day are comfortable or happy in their new roles.

Aniday, now destined to remain a childlike creature, longs for the life he lost while bonding with his new family in the woods and the tunnels beneath the woods. His closest friend, Speck, introduces him to the library at night, and slowly reveals the story of Aniday's lost family. And in a parallel story, the new Henry Day struggles to fit in while remembering a life before the changelings, as a child prodigy who's love was the piano. He builds a new life, with love and family, but is forever haunted by the childhood he's stolen, and the one that was stolen from him in a life before he became a changeling. He never really feels like he belongs, and the fear of his deception being discovered and his true identity revealed is always with him.

This is Keith Donohue's first novel, and what a book it is. The author based his story on the poem of William Butler Yeats, "The Stolen Child." Not only a book about childhood and parenthood, but also about living as an outsider in life. I think this book is destined to be an important work.

"Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping
than you can understand."




5 Comments:

At 7:42 PM, Anonymous skeet said...

Dag nab it! just when Mount TBR is beginning to get whittled down, my wish list keeps getting longer & longer. This one sounds like something I'd like ...

 
At 6:15 AM, Blogger Lee said...

that does sound good katie...I may actually have to pick this one up....right up my alley :)

 
At 9:06 PM, Blogger ~ nellenelle said...

Intriguing sounding... merci!

 
At 10:11 AM, Blogger Kate said...

I recommended this to my irl book club but will be surprised if they pick it, we've never read any sci fi or fantasy books.

 
At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Denise said...

I wanted it on audio but my library doesn't have the audio version. So, print it is. I'm number 3 on the waiting list. Shouldn't be too long, I hope.

 

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