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While duck hunting one morning, childless, middle-aged Nathan McCann finds a newborn abandoned in the woods. To his shock, the child—wrapped in a sweater and wearing a tiny knitted hat—is still alive. To his wife’s shock, Nathan wants to adopt the boy…but the child’s grandmother steps in. Nathan makes her promise, however, that one day she’ll bring the boy to meet him so he can reveal that he was the one who rescued him.
Fifteen years later, the widowered Nathan discovers the child abandoned once again—this time at his doorstep. Named Nat, the teenager has grown into a sullen delinquent whose grandmother can no longer tolerate him. Nathan agrees to care for Nat, and the two engage in a battle of wills that spans years. Still, the older man repeatedly assures the youngster that, unlike the rest of the world, he will never abandon him—not even when Nat suffers a trauma that changes both of their lives forever.
From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes When I Found You, an exquisite, emotional tale of the unexpected bonds that nothing in life can break.
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About the Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of thirty-three published books. Her bestselling 1999 novel, Pay It Forward, adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list and was translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Her novels Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List; Jumpstart the World was also a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and won Rainbow Awards in two categories. The Language of Hoofbeats won a Rainbow Award. More than fifty of her short stories have been published in many journals, including the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and the Sun, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts, as well as the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Her short fiction received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and nominations for Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have also been cited in Best American Short Stories.
Hyde is the founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton. An avid equestrian, photographer, and traveler, she lives in California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A phenomenal story! This book should be a must read in every high school in America for so many reasons. The characters are so well developed. The story starts and ends with such caring. I applaud the wisdom of Nathan McCann especially. I couldn't put this book down and surely didn't want it to end. I can't wait to recommend it to all my friends!
I loved this book! I went into this story not expecting much and not knowing a lot about the plot. It's a Catherine Hyde story, I figured I would enjoy it. It was a surprisingly great story of a dedicated, genuine and caring man that does not give up and always keeps his word. It was refreshing to read about Nathan because I like to hope that there are people like him out there in the world. It's always a pleasant surprise when people decide to commit to plans/people. He was the best part of the story. The child in the story is very troublesome. He has to learn things that "hard way" in life and I enjoyed watching his life unfold with his decisions. Some may have been bad decisions but he gained some life experience and realized what his own life was worth to himself. This is another wonderful coming of age drama from Catherine Ryan Hyde and it does not disappoint. I love her wiring, she has such an in depth, descriptive way of writing that makes me feel like I know her characters. Maybe I feel like I know them because they are so human. They make mistakes, have their odd personality characteristics and are flawed in their own way. I've never encountered writing that pulls at me heart and makes me sympathize with the characters so intensely.
A phenomenal stor One of the best books I have read in a long time. This book should be a must read in every high school in America for so many reasons. The characters are so well developed. The story starts and ends with such caring. I applaud the wisdom of Nathan McCann especially. I couldn't put this book down and surely didn't want it to end. I can't wait to recommend it to all my friends! 399 pages and I read it in two days because I need to know what wisdom Nathan was going to give Nat. It makes think to do our very best for people who love us and to many other who don’t have anyone to love them.
This was a sweet story. I liked Nathan's unconditional--but certainly not naïve--love for the boy he found. Hyde's style drew me into the book, and kept me there. It was a simple story, easily read, yet I am sure there was much in it for my book club to discuss next week.