Only Child

September 29, 2019 - Comment

International Bestseller “Emotional . . . sinks its hooks into you from the very first sentence.” —Marie Claire “Perfect for fans of Room, this heartbreaking but important novel . . . reminds readers that hope can be found in even the darkest moments.” —Real Simple First grader Zach Taylor is in his classroom when a

International Bestseller

“Emotional . . . sinks its hooks into you from the very first sentence.” —Marie Claire

“Perfect for fans of Room, this heartbreaking but important novel . . . reminds readers that hope can be found in even the darkest moments.” —Real Simple

First grader Zach Taylor is in his classroom when a gunman enters the school auditorium and the unthinkable happens, irrevocably changing the very fabric of this close-knit community. 

While Zach’s mother pursues a quest for justice, and Zach’s father retreats into his work, Zach finds solace in the healing world of books and art. Armed with his new insights, and the optimism and stubbornness only a child could have, Zach becomes determined to help the adults in his life rediscover the universal truths of love and compassion they need to pull them through their darkest hour.

A dazzling, tenderhearted debut about healing, family, and the exquisite wisdom of children, narrated by a six-year-old boy who reminds us that sometimes the littlest bodies hold the biggest hearts, and the quietest voices speak the loudest.

Comments

Anonymous says:

A better story than Room…. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not fond of books narrated by children.I was not part of the vast majority of readers who loved the book Room by Emma Donoghue. Jack, the 5-year old narrator may have been cute in small doses throughout the story, but as the primary narrator throughout the bulk of the book, he was tedious. As much as we love and adore our kids, would any of us really want to read 300+ pages of their weird baby talk? Or perhaps read paragraph after paragraph of this…

Anonymous says:

A worthwhile read This is an engaging story from the first page on. I would agree with all who have called it warm, touching, riveting, unforgettable, a most worthwhile read. I appreciate that this is the author’s first book (a great start on her career!) and that she has handled such a difficult subject with an insightful twist (thru the eyes of a 6 year old). It is sad that this has become such a common part of our lives that a story needs to be told about it, but this book does it well. I highly recommend it…

Anonymous says:

Only Child will touch your heart and soul. To … Only Child will touch your heart and soul. To experience a family’s tragedy through the voice of a child, whose pain and wisdom is innocent yet profound, will rock your core. Zach’s account of the horrific day that changed his family’s life is gripping. Rhiannon’s ability to share the tragic experience through a child’s eye is masterful. The journey that follows, his self-reflection through grief, regrets, anger, abandonment, forgiveness and hope has many lessons for any age. This is a…

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