Stolen Child (Phoenix 60p paperbacks)

by Clare Boylan | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1857997662 Global Overview for this book
Registered by glenystasmania of Nambucca Heads, New South Wales Australia on 6/24/2015
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by glenystasmania from Nambucca Heads, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, June 24, 2015
three short stories, each a gem, about children.... fictionalised, stolen, and murdered....loved them all.

Journal Entry 2 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Arrived today. Thank you!

Journal Entry 3 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Friday, July 06, 2018
Sadly, time for my yearly book purge. I will look for a new home for this one.

Journal Entry 4 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Sunday, July 28, 2019

Released 1 yr ago (7/31/2019 UTC) at Edmonton, Alberta Canada

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

Sending as part of the General VBB to ReallyBookish. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 5 by wingReallyBookishwing at Furlong, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, August 17, 2019
Received today. Thank you!

Journal Entry 6 by wingReallyBookishwing at Furlong, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, August 22, 2019
This brief book collects three short stories by Clare Boylan. I wasn't particularly fond of the second story, "A Little Girl, Never Out Before." I think I found it a bit too... gritty, maybe? My favorite was the first story, "A Model Daughter." All three were well-written.

Journal Entry 7 by wingReallyBookishwing at RABCK, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, December 28, 2019

Released 9 mos ago (12/28/2019 UTC) at RABCK, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

A RABCK that I thought you might enjoy. As always, feel free to release unread if it is not your thing. :) I also thought this one might make a potential geocache release for you.

Journal Entry 8 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, January 03, 2020
Thanks so much for the package of books, which arrived safely today over the icy roads! I was especially delighted with this one - I haven't had one of the Phoenix 60p books before, and as with the Penguin 60s this one should indeed make a dandy geocache release.

Journal Entry 9 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, January 24, 2020
This slim book was a quick read, and I enjoyed the three stories very much. "A Model Daughter" is presented as something of a farce; the narrator's long-term scheme to get money from her ex-husband (now very successful an ocean away in Hollywood) by pretending to have been pregnant when they split up seems manipulative and weird at first, and then becomes increasingly hilarious when the fictional daughter's successes nudge the father into his first actual visit. Cue the narrator's desperate attempt to find someone to impersonate the alleged daughter - with very wacky results. [Granted, if this sort of thing were to be carried on in real life I'd find it appalling all around, but in-story the remote father is both willing and able to send the money, yet sufficiently disinterested not to bother visiting for twenty years, so I was able to find it more amusing, including the final plot twist.]

"A Little Girl, Never Out Before" is a very different story entirely, featuring a young girl going out for service to help support her family. That family is described as quite poor yet very, very fertile, with both young Frankie and her mother being addicted to the joys of new babies - even when there wasn't food enough to go around... Frankie, trying to adjust to life as the maid-of-all-work in a not-that-nice house, wakes up in terror because she doesn't have a babe in arms the way she did back at home. When she does get to visit home she finds that there's no room for her there anymore. But back in the big house the cook is expecting a baby, and Frankie thinks things might be looking up - until she finds out what the brutally-practical cook does with unwanted young things... [I'd been afraid that Frankie was going to wind up pregnant herself, and she very well might in the not-too-distant future, but the story wraps up with her tending to her cat's new kittens, so not *quite* as dark as it might have been. Still, it's a very wrenching look at a slice of life on the edge of poverty.]

"The Stolen Child" shifts back to farce, though with a sense of impending doom as well. Here, the narrator blithely walks off with a baby whose mother had left it outside the market in its pram. The narrator's obviously not all there, so I feared what she might do when the baby became less charming and angelic than she'd imagined at a distance; and, for a while there, it seemed things might go very badly indeed. But this one ends on an up note, at least for the baby and its mother (whose behavior seems suspiciously intentional after the fact), and I admit I laughed a lot.

The author's writing-style reminded me very much of Shirley Jackson, who can write about domestic comedy and intense psychological horror and, at times, a mix of the two. I'll be looking for more of Boylan's work!

Released 7 mos ago (1/31/2020 UTC) at New Hampshire geocache (see notes for details) in -- Geocaches, New Hampshire USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

I left this little book, bagged against the elements, in the Welcome to Pixie Hollow geocache in Litchfield, NH; hope someone enjoys it! (Since pixies were rumored to steal children at times, swapping them for changelings, I thought this was a good match.)

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

*** Released for the 2020 Clean Start for the New Year release challenge. ***

*** Released for the 2020 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***

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