The Lost Child: A Novel

Hardcover | March 10, 2015

byCaryl Phillips

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Caryl Phillips''s The Lost Child is a sweeping story of orphans and outcasts, haunted by the past and fighting to liberate themselves from it. At its center is Monica Johnson-cut off from her parents after falling in love with a foreigner-and her bitter struggle to raise her sons in the shadow of the wild moors of the north of England. Phillips intertwines her modern narrative with the childhood of one of literature''s most enigmatic lost boys, as he deftly conjures young Heathcliff, the anti-hero of Wuthering Heights, and his ragged existence before Mr. Earnshaw brought him home to his family.

The Lost Child is a multifaceted, deeply original response to Emily Bronte''s masterpiece, Wuthering Heights. A critically acclaimed and sublimely talented storyteller, Caryl Phillips is "in a league with Toni Morrison and V. S. Naipaul" (Booklist) and "his novels have a way of growing on you, staying with you long after you''ve closed the book." (The New York Times Book Review) A true literary feat, The Lost Child recovers the mysteries of the past to illuminate the predicaments of the present, getting at the heart of alienation, exile, and family by transforming a classic into a profound story that is singularly its own.

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Caryl Phillips's The Lost Child is a sweeping story of orphans and outcasts, haunted by the past and fighting to liberate themselves from it. At its center is Monica Johnson-cut off from her parents after falling in love with a foreigner-and her bitter struggle to raise her sons in the shadow of the wild moors of the north of England. Phillips intertwines her modern narrative with the childhood o...

Caryl Phillips is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction including Dancing in the Dark, Crossing the River, and Color Me English. His novel A Distant Shore won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and his other awards include a Lannan Foundation Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Britain's oldest literary award the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and li...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.55 × 5.76 × 0.97 inPublished:March 10, 2015Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0374191379

ISBN - 13:9780374191375

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Renowned for his mesmerizing examinations of identity and power, the internationally acclaimed novelist Caryl Phillips now weaves a tale of modern exile with elements of Wuthering Heights. At the heart of The Lost Child is Monica Johnson, an Oxford student who is disowned by her parents after she falls in love with an expat graduate student. Through marriage and single motherhood, she struggles to survive, navigating a lifetime of false promises while her young sons try to understand their place in the world. Just as Heathcliff, one of literature's most enigmatic lost boys, is haunted by his past, Phillips's luminous characters reinvent themselves to emerge from a landscape and a community that are at once foreign and familiar to them.Brimming with unforgettable narrators, The Lost Child gives voice to timeless longings, recounted with piercing clarity. The following guide is designed to enrich your experience of this literary tour de force.