Native Child

Native Child

by R. C. Binstock


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When Oscar Allen, eight year-old Manhattan foundling, ward of the state and child of the streets, and Lillian Hanover, a newly-married Nebraska farm girl still mourning her own parents, are brought together by circumstance in the fall of 1922, they form a bond that neither could have imagined and neither will ever regret...

NATIVE CHILD is the extraordinary story of an unlikely family: one of the very last of 200,000 "orphan train" riders, sent west from New York by the Children's Aid Society at his own request, and the young couple from the small town of Spring Valley, Nebraska who impulsively take him in.

Oscar's reasons for fleeing his native city are just as obscure as Lem's and Lillian's for opening their home to him-no cause for concern at first, but as the three grow in mutual understanding, what remains unsaid endangers their new intimacy. Ultimately, only further accidents of fate and the deep, irrevocable commitment a young boy and young woman insist on making to each other can break the silence and persuade Oscar to reclaim his lost voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781533271884
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/26/2016
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

I started writing stories around age eight. At Harvard I studied writing with Ann Beattie, Monroe Engel, and Grace Mojtabai. My story collection THE LIGHT OF HOME was published by Atheneum in 1992, and my novels TREE OF HEAVEN and THE SOLDIER by Soho in 1995 and 1996.

My writing career was interrupted in the late 1990s. The publication of my novel SWIFT RIVER in 2014, my own edition of TREE OF HEAVEN in 2015, and NATIVE CHILD in 2016 represent my renewed effort to write and be read.

I have lived in Cambridge, Mass for since 1976.

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