Picks and Pans Review: The Stolen Child
REVIEWED BY NATALIE DANFORD
Donohue's debut novel is a fairy tale for grown-ups: the melancholy story of Henry Day and the supernatural creature ("Don't call me a fairy") who takes Henry's place when he is 7. The original Henry—renamed Aniday—joins a gang of changelings who never age. The narrative alternates between the lives of the two—one in town and the other in the nearby woods—and occasionally their paths cross. Donohue adheres rigorously to his made-up logic but never gets geeky about it, so that the book's emotional impact is as fierce as the imagination behind it. The result is magical—in the best sense of the word.