Mother Tongue

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Pub Date 13 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 26 Aug 2022
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Mother Tongue begins with a shocking discovery. In a powerful fiction that reads like a true story, the details of the crime and its aftermath unfold.

In mid-life, Australian fiction-writer Nella Pine learns that she was kidnapped as an infant from a hospital in the United States, taken to Australia, and raised there by the woman she knew as her mother, but who was actually her abductor. “When I was three days old, a nurse named Ruth Miller stole me from the obstetrics ward in Mercy Hospital and raised me as her own.”

In four voices of those whose lives were changed forever by the abduction, the mystery of Nella’s kidnapping emerges. Why was she taken? How was the secret kept for so long? What became of the family she was stolen from? Mother Tongue invites the reader to participate with these memorable characters as they unfold the impact on them of a terrible crime.

Mother Tongue begins with a shocking discovery. In a powerful fiction that reads like a true story, the details of the crime and its aftermath unfold.

In mid-life, Australian fiction-writer Nella Pine...


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Ebook: 9781735027326

Ebook: 9781735027326


Advance Praise

Mother Tongue is not only dramatic and engrossing, it is also insightful and wise. Read it! Read it! You will never forget it!”
—Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and author of Perestroika in Paris (2020)

Mother Tongue is a gripping and gorgeously written novel of identity, loss, and redemption.”
—Hilma Wolitzer, author of Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket

“A beautiful, wise, spellbinding novel that dramatizes, in the most lucid prose, a woman's pursuit of her own lost identity. The shock of discovery reverberates from the beginning to the end. Mother Tongue is fiction at its best and boldest, with a penetrating focus on the restorative power of truth.”
—Joanna Scott, author of The Maniken and Careers for Women

“The 'what-if' question that triggered this novel evokes a nightmare scenario: What if I found out I was kidnapped when I was a baby? In beautifully precise prose that resonates like the best poetry, Kornblatt’s central character Nella/Naomi, the kidnap victim and a writer of fiction herself, discovers and creates her own lost story and the lost lives of all those linked to her.”
—Wayne Karlin, author of A Wolf by the Ear

Mother Tongue is a tender and sensitive story about family secrets, loss, and recovery from loss; a wise and lyrical meditation on the nature of love.”
—Gail Jones, author of Our Shadows (2020)

“In Joyce Kornblatt’s exquisitely written novel, Mother Tongue, a middle-aged woman discovers her long-lost identity along with the layers of loss spiraling from her having been kidnapped at birth. The immediate and long-felt impacts of this tragic loss—crossing generations and continents—are explored with compassion, precision, and depth. Sympathetic characters, an abundance of human wisdom, and beautiful, lyrical prose combine to make Mother Tongue a wonderful read.”
—Elizabeth Poliner, author of As Close to Us as Breathing

“What a fully immersive reading experience! The writing is hypnotic, the story strange and irresistible, the insights into the human condition occasionally breathtaking.”
—Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys, The One-in-a-Million Boy, and Ernie’s Ark.

“Lucid, humane and gorgeously written. In a slim novel with a big vision, Joyce Kornblatt sets her scarred but hopeful characters free to discover that loss is the mother tongue of us all—and that rupture contains the possibility of wholeness.”
—Rona Maynard, Author of My Mother's Daughter

Mother Tongue is a beautiful, arresting novel. The clarities, prisms, temperaments, and tenacious obsessions are transfixing. If one question every novel asks is, 'how does one define existence?' then Mother Tongue’s difficult answer is that what keeps us together and what keeps us apart is made tangible by both reality and perception.”
—David Biespiel, author of A Place of Exodus and The Education of a Young Poet

Mother Tongue is not only dramatic and engrossing, it is also insightful and wise. Read it! Read it! You will never forget it!”
—Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and author of Perestroika...


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