Novel: The Stolen Child

Every first-time novelist dreams of writing a best-selling book that wins numerous awards and gets reprinted in dozens of foreign languages.  While this remains for most writers just that – a dream – in the case of Keith Donohue, the dream came true.  

Donohue’s first novel, “The Stolen Child,” is based on the poem of the same name by Yeats (see previous post).  Newsweek recently reviewed the book, and here’s what they had to say:

“It’s the story of a boy who’s snatched by hobgoblins and of the changeling who takes his place. Henry Day and the changeling in question take turns narrating, as each attempts to adapt to his new world. ‘We kidnap a human child and replace him or her with one of our own,’ the latter tells us. ‘The hobgoblin becomes the child, and the child becomes a hobgoblin.’ Along the way, there are some very funny moments, such as when the new Henry gets a girlfriend and awkwardly realizes that—though he’s remembered to grow himself so that he looks his age—he’s forgotten to enter puberty.”

Dohohue is no stranger to the Irish folklore from which the poem’s and book’s faery lore stems.  He has a doctorate in English literature and was raised in an Irish American family, which he describes as, “just like the Kennedys, without the money or the power.”

I will often judge whether or not I want to read a book based in large part on its opening line or opening paragraph.  In this case, I would definitely keep reading.  The book starts, “Don’t call me a fairy.”

You can purchase the book from amazon.com here, read the entire Newsweek article here, or visit the fairly extensive Random House site for the book here.

Additionally, amazon.com has purchased the film option and is said to be seeking out partners to adapt the story to the big screen.

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  1. […] my first perk today as a result of starting this blog.  Keith Donahue, an author I  recently blogged, offered to send me a free copy of his book, The Stolen Child.  Right on.  I’ll let you […]


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