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Title:
Where is the baby?
Author:
Allen, Charlotte Vale, 1941-
Edition:
First world edition.
Publication Information:
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2012.
Physical Description:
215 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780727881359

9781847514325
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Book

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Summary

Summary

An act of courage leads to a small girl's fight to face the future against all odds in this disturbing and moving tale from an award-winning author. When little Humaby escapes from a locked van and runs for help, she saves herself as well as a newly stolen baby girl. But, given into the care of child psychiatrist Dr Stefan Lazarus, the girl, renamed Faith, grows up under the glare of an unwelcome spotlight that drives her to dangerous behavior. Sent to a retreat by Stefan, Faith is drawn to Tally and Hay, and the three immediately develop a unique and powerful bond. Each of them is attempting to come to terms with their troubled pasts. For Faith, this involves one final, shocking act . . .


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Booklist Review

Vale-Allen's well-crafted tale, in which life is a jokester, entwines the related stories of a horrifically abused child; Tally, a directionless former prisoner building a new life for herself; and Vietnam War vet Hay, a former addict living in a shack and reading by oil-lamp light. Reappearing characters, such as the police officer protecting the child-victim in the opening section, help link the separate, decades-spanning, interrelated action dealing with broken children. So that Humaby (for Hump-Baby, as her captors call her), the raped, filthy child who cannot comprehend what a teddy bear is for and whose nights are galleries of horrors, becomes Faith, a despairing teen and, eventually, a doctor. Tally carves a new, postincarceration direction for herself that intersects with Hay, who's squatting on her land. Vale-Allen deftly manipulates and connects the main characters' quests for healing and identity, but readers should be warned of some gut-wrenching, sickening depictions of infant and child abuse.--Scott, Whitney Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Vale-Allen (Night Magic) delivers an upbeat if cliched tale of a woman who manages to overcome a horrific early childhood. In 1970, a five-year-old girl, who only knows her name as Humaby, escapes from a locked van and the clutches of two sickos, Wolf and Toadman, and alerts the authorities that a kidnapped baby was also among their victims. That child is quickly recovered and restored to its parents, while Humaby begins to attempt to integrate herself into a world with kindness, toys, and bathing. Her plight tugs at the heart strings of several who encounter her, and she's eventually placed as a foster child with a Connecticut couple who are both doctors and rename her Faith. Readers should be prepared for minimal mystery and some stilted prose ("Swimming in the now-shallow depths of her interior like a tiny fish was her death wish"). (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.