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The Stolen Child Hardcover – June 1, 1995

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In an attempt to explore child molestation from every possible angle, this ambitious but flawed first novel probes the disappearance in 1963 of a nine-year-old boy from Newton, Mass. Cody reveals cycles of emotional dysfunction?both within families and throughout society?from a variety of perspectives by employing vignettes, hallucinations, fragmentary monologues and the present-day recollections of people affected?some rather remotely?by the case. They include a waitress in Maine who served dinner to the boy and his kidnapper; the boy's mother and brother, as well as his alcoholic father, already institutionalized and estranged from the family before the abduction; a doctor in the Midwest who treated the boy's wounds; the policeman who investigated the case; and the boy's teacher. Others involved include later male and female lovers of the boy; a young male prostitute he once hired; a prison inmate; the boy's troubled abductor; and, through a haze of sedation, the troubled man the boy has become. A desultory narrative structure blunts the emotional impact, and too many of the voices sound alike. But to his credit, Cody avoids sensationalism, chronicling the disturbing events with candor and insight.
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In 1963 a boy named Ford is stolen from a Boston suburb: the aftermath of this disappearance is related by several characters who crossed his path. While this changing perspective takes some getting used to, the end result is an excellent probe of community change in a fine, complex novel. -- Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Baskerville Publishers (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880909308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880909300
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a short but powerful first novel that follows the fortunes of a boy that is kidnapped and effectively transformed into a personality distant from his original one. Cody's narrative is not only sympathetic to the boy and the mother and brother he left behind, but also to the abusive kidnapper and to the various teachers, waitresses, and others that cross their escape path. The stream of consciousness narrative elements that emanate from a death row cell reveal Cody as an outstanding prose stylist.
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By A Customer on July 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
this book shook me up for so long, then i read "deep end of the ocean" and was so disappointed in that being the oprah pick, and a disturbing and moving book like "stolen child" got overlooked. "deep end" i couldn't wait to get through it, it was awful. "stolen child" was so tense and disturbing, a great read. one i think about years later.
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Format: Hardcover
I really dug this book. If you like stories where no one gets out clean, then this is for you. Everyone has a past, and Paul writes it well. At times he even had me feeling sorry for the kidnapper, something that is not so easy to do considering the pain he puts young Ford through. I consider that the sign of a truly good book.
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By A Customer on December 28, 1996
Format: Hardcover
I can't remember the last time a book moved me this deeply. Passionate and original, disturbing but never irresponsibly so. This is a book that stays with you
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