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Five days gone : the mystery of my mother's disappearance as a child

Cumming, Laura (author.).

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  • 4 of 7 copies available at BC Interlibrary Connect. (Show)
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11 current holds with 7 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Prince Rupert Library 364.15 Cumm (Text) 33294002076172 Adult Non-Fiction Volume hold Checked out 2020-07-02

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781501198717
  • ISBN: 1501198718
  • Physical Description: print
    regular print
    301 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2019.

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Summary, etc.: "In the fall of 1929, when Laura Cumming’s mother was three years old, she was kidnapped from a beach on the Lincolnshire coast of England. There were no screams when she was taken, suggesting the culprit was someone familiar to her, and when she turned up again in a nearby village several days later, she was found in perfect health and happiness. No one was ever accused of a crime. The incident quickly faded from her memory, and her parents never discussed it. To the contrary, they deliberately hid it from her, and she did not learn of it for half a century. This was not the only secret her parents kept from her. For many years, while raising her in draconian isolation and protectiveness, they also hid the fact that she’d been adopted, and that shortly after the kidnapping, her name was changed from Grace to Betty. In Five Days Gone, Laura Cumming brilliantly unspools the tale of her mother’s life and unravels the multiple mysteries at its core. Using photographs from the time, historical documents, and works of art, Cumming investigates this case of stolen identity with the toolset of a detective and the unique intimacy of a daughter trying to understand her family’s past and its legacies. Compulsive, vivid, and profoundly touching, Five Days Gone is a masterful blend of memoir and history, an extraordinary personal narrative unlike any other."--
Subject: Cumming, Laura -- Family
Kidnapping victims -- Family relationships
Adopted children -- Family relationships
Mothers and daughters
Mothers of authors -- England

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