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Fiona Fiona: Stolen Child Stolen Child

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Fiona Clarke, an Irish writer living in New York, has been running away from her past since she left rural Cregora, Ireland, for boarding school. That past finds her, many years later, when her thinly veiled autobiographical novel is optioned for a movie.
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Gemma (first published September 24th 2010)
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Laurence Overmire
As an American writer/actor with a good deal of Irish ancestry, I found myself carried away by Fiona: Stolen Child on what turned out to be a very personal adventure, parallel in many ways to Fiona's own. The writing business, the film business, Hollywood, Ireland, the yearning to make sense of our family relationships– as well as the myths and illusions that shape those experiences – are all interwoven in this compelling read. Ms. Whelan artfully takes us to places of mind and heart spanning cu ...more
Nancy McDonald
I read Fiona: Stolen Child, all in a few days, because I just didn’t want to put it down. It’s a lush and deeply fulfilling story. It’s rare that I have to get up, grab a tissue and wipe the tears from my face while reading. Author Gemma Whelan has a way of transporting a reader to far distant shores that feel like home. This is a book that will stay with you.

I have to say I quite enjoyed this book. It has one of the best opening descriptions that I have read in a while. It vividly depicts a scene in a movie theatre. I would usually post a quote however I have an advanced reader copy and it may not be as accurate. More reason to go out and get this book. It is the story of Fiona who moved to the United States from Ireland. Her book is a novel but it is based mostly about her life. Family life in Ireland was tumultuous and this has greatly affected he ...more
Lydia Presley
Like many others, I have memories of my childhood that are skewed due to personal guilt - maybe a lie gone too far, or something misunderstood that caused me to lash out in anger. I also have memories of being hurt, memories that have been refuted by those who did the "hurt" to me. A simple chat, a re-hashing of those times is enough to clear away the fog and, possibly, set things a little more straight in my current life.

And that is what this book is ultimately about. Yes, there's family relati
Kathleen Kelly
This novel takes place in New York City and Ireland and it is about a woman who has written a novel that is similar to her own past. She works closely with the man writing the movie script of her novel. As they work together to get the script ready for production, Fiona is forced to confront her demons of her past, her sister had died at an early age and she was estranged from her brother. She had left Ireland hoping never to go back but the producers agreed that the movie should be as authentic ...more
Oh dear, this book was a steamin' heap of first novel cliches! Dead sister inspiring guilt? Check! Sexual abuse of main character? Check! Inability to deal with various aspects of life because of it? Check! Strained relationship with remaining sibling? Check! I sighed through every page and if it wasn't a book club book, I would have put it down. Interestingly, the author came to book group and chatted with us about the book. I enjoyed hearing about how she came to write this book. Talking with ...more

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Date reviewed: 20th March 2011

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Fiona is a very moving, yet complex tale. I find myself being easily captivated by the strong storyline. There’s plenty of strong plot that will make you think and reflect on your own life as you follow Fiona’s journey in the story. This is not exactly the usual kind of book that I will read during my leisure time, but I sure glad I did pick this one up. It’s a very inspiring story.

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Fiona Clarke, an Irish writer living in New York, has been running away from her past since she left rural Cregora, Ireland, for boarding school. That past finds her, many years later, when her thinly veiled autobiographical novel is optioned for a movie. Working as the film’s consultant, Fiona unearths deep secrets, relives childhood trauma, and connects with an estranged family thrust back into her life. As her history opens upon her, Fiona must stop running and confront her secret shame: her ...more

I enjoyed this novel and its evocations of rural Ireland, New York City and Los
Angeles.It's a sadly familiar story of a young woman coming to terms with the
secrets and hidden places in her life and
finally finding peace and joy.
Another narrator who bugged me. Despite my love of Ireland, I had a hard time empathizing with the protagonist and felt like too much of the plot was predictable. I felt a little manipulated by the drama that seemed a bit strung out.
Great read and very entertaining. I would read this again if I didn't have so many new books I wanted to read.
A lovely, sad, and empowering story of a broken woman who finds the courage to heal.
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Gemma Whelan is an Irish-born theatre director and educator. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, she directed more than sixty stage productions and was founding artistic director of GemArt and Wilde Irish Productions. Gemma is also an award-winning screenwriter and film director. She graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in English and French, and has graduate degrees from University of C ...more
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