Only Child

Only Child

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"Congrats to Rhiannon Navin--this is an outstanding debut."--Harlan Coben "An astonishing debut novel."--Louisa Ermelino, Publishers Weekly "One of the big debuts of next year."--Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal "A powerful exercise in empathy and perspective."--Kirkus Reviews For fans of Room and the novels of Jodi Picoult, a dazzling, tenderhearted debut about healing, family, and the exquisite wisdom of children, narrated by a six-year-old boy who reminds us that sometimes the littlest bodies hold the biggest hearts, and the quietest voices speak the loudest. Squeezed into a coat closet with his classmates and teacher, first grader Zach Taylor can hear gunshots ringing through the halls of his school. A gunman has entered the building, taking nineteen lives and irrevocably changing the very fabric of this close-knit community. While Zach's mother pursues a quest for justice against the shooter's parents, holding them responsible for their son's actions, Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and art. Armed with his newfound understanding, and with the optimism and stubbornness only a child could have, Zach sets out on a captivating journey towards healing and forgiveness, determined to help the adults in his life rediscover the universal truths of love and compassion needed to pull them through their darkest hours.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 21mm | 599g
  • Knopf Publishing Group
  • English
  • 1524733350
  • 9781524733353
  • 63,443

About Rhiannon Navin

RHIANNON NAVIN grew up in Bremen, Germany, in a family of book-crazy women. Her career in advertising brought her to New York City, where she worked for several large agencies before becoming a full-time mother and writer. She now lives outside of New York City with her husband, three children, and two cats. This is her first novel.
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"An astonishing debut novel."--Louisa Ermelino, Publishers Weekly

"One of the big debuts of next year."--Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal "As I flew through Only Child, I realized that my heart, not my fingers, turned the pages. Rhiannon Navin finds a miraculous way to simplify the unthinkable into a page-turning, emotional awakening. Through the eyes of six-year-old Zach, we get to see the beauty that can rise up after pain and loss. And we get to see through the noise of our adult lives, back to the undeniable truth of childhood--kindness begets kindness." --Bryan Reardon, author of Finding Jake
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141 ratings
4.3 out of 5 stars
5 48% (68)
4 38% (53)
3 11% (15)
2 4% (5)
1 0% (0)
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