Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child (Compact Disc)

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By Laura Cumming, Kate Reading (Read by)
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What are memories? Cumming mines the history of her mother's family which has an abiding mystery at its core. She starts with the story of her mother being kidnapped on the beach at Lincolnshire when she was three. She was missing for five days after which she was returned with new clothing and no memory of the event. What follows is a detailed dive into the family details, the thoughts on photography, and a true masterpiece of love. For fans of Jeanette Walls and Mary Karr.

— Valerie


INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Velazquez Laura Cumming shares the riveting story of her mother's mysterious kidnapping as a toddler in a small English coastal village--and how that event reverberated through her own family and her art for decades.In the fall of 1929, when Laura Cumming's mother was three years old, she was kidnapped from a beach on the Lincolnshire coast of England. There were no screams when she was taken, suggesting the culprit was someone familiar to her, and when she turned up again in a nearby village several days later, she was found in perfect health and happiness. No one was ever accused of a crime. The incident quickly faded from her memory, and her parents never discussed it. To the contrary, they deliberately hid it from her, and she did not learn of it for half a century. This was not the only secret her parents kept from her. For many years, while raising her in draconian isolation and protectiveness, they also hid the fact that she'd been adopted, and that shortly after the kidnapping, her name was changed from Grace to Betty. In Five Days Gone, Laura Cumming brilliantly unspools the tale of her mother's life and unravels the multiple mysteries at its core. Using photographs from the time, historical documents, and works of art, Cumming investigates this case of stolen identity with the toolset of a detective and the unique intimacy of a daughter trying to understand her family's past and its legacies. Compulsive, vivid, and profoundly touching, Five Days Gone is a masterful blend of memoir and history, an extraordinary personal narrative unlike any other.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781797101316
ISBN-10: 1797101315
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: August 27th, 2019
Language: English