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The Lost Child

A sweeping story of orphans and outcasts haunted by the past and fighting to liberate themselves from it.
  • March 2015
  • ISBN: 0374191379
  • Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (USA)
  • Oneworld (UK)
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At the center of the novel 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 Monica's modern narrative with the childhood of one of literature's most enigmatic lost boys as he conjures young Heathcliff, the antihero of Wuthering Heights, and his ragged existence before Mr. Earnshaw brought him home to his family.

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.