The Changeling

The Changeling

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by Kate Horsley
     
 

Here, the author of the acclaimed Confessions of a Pagan Nun takes us to fourteenth-century Ireland for a strange and luminous tale of the elusive nature of identity and of triumph in adversity. The Changeling is the story of Grey, a peasant girl who is raised as a boy, and who, until adolescence, never doubts herself to be male. The revelation of

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Here, the author of the acclaimed Confessions of a Pagan Nun takes us to fourteenth-century Ireland for a strange and luminous tale of the elusive nature of identity and of triumph in adversity. The Changeling is the story of Grey, a peasant girl who is raised as a boy, and who, until adolescence, never doubts herself to be male. The revelation of her womanhood marks the beginning of her journey through a succession of changing identities—including son, wife, warrior, and mother—each of which brings its own special wisdom, but none of which, she discovers, can ultimately define her. In the course of her adventurous life, Grey deals with all the challenges of her tumultuous age—from political oppression to corrupt Church hierarchy to the horrors of the Black Death—ultimately finding peace and a kind of redemption by embracing the beautifully impermanent quality of identity that her unusual life has enabled her to understand. (Previously published in hardcover as The Changeling of Finnistuath .)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Middlesex in the Middle Ages? Almost. In this complex, intelligent novel . . . Horsley raises thought-provoking questions of religion and identity. Told with rich detail, warmth, and wry wit."— Publishers Weekly

"An unusual and beautiful story."— Library Journal

"Horsley's burgeoning following of readers who enjoy witty, passionate novels of ideas should enjoy this one and be stoked for more."— Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590301944
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
04/12/2005
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,321,385
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Meet the Author

Kate Horsley lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and teaches creative writing at Central New Mexico Community College. A poet as well as a novelist, Horsley has a PhD in American Studies and has published five novels. Her book A Killing in a New Town was the winner of the 1996 Western States Book Award for Fiction. 

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The Changeling 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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I will admit, the first 20 pages or so didn't grab me. The author ceratinly makes up for those first few pages as the book continues. This story is engrossing and well put together. This is an author who shows you things, rather than telling you, a rare gift and the sign of real talent. I don't want to just retell the synopsis, but I do want to say that this book is worth your time.