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Acclaimed author Sarah Schulman (Rat Bohemia, Shimmer) returns with an absorbing novel about a teenager convicted of murder after seeing his online lover charged with pedophilia. Structured like a classic novel of legal suspense, The Child explores what happens when Stew, a lonely fifteen-year-old boy, looks for and finds an adult boyfriend online. In short order his lover is arrested in an Internet pedophilia sting and Stew's world is turned upside down. He's exposed to his family and community, leaving the outcast to fend for himself against forces intent on his destruction. Desperate and enraged, the confused Stew murders his nephew in a panic. Schulman's novel considers the impact of these events on all those involved — from the parents of the murdered child, to Stew's staunchly Catholic parents, and the attorneys working on his case. Carefully untangling the actions of an isolated teenager denied a natural outlet for his feelings during a critical time in his life, The Child is a haunting meditation on isolation and the prejudices of culture and family.
About the Author
Sarah Schulman is an award-winning playwright, novelist, nonfiction writer, and longtime activist who lives in new York City.
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- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Carroll & Graf (May 10, 2007)
- ISBN-10: 0786718668
- ISBN-13: 978-0786718665
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