#1 on The Globe and Mail bestseller list for two months
- The New York Times, Independent, and Nation best-seller
- Rave reviews from USA Today, The Huffington Post, L.A. Times, Denver Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Oprah’s magazine O and The Christian Science Monitor
- “Go buy multiple copies… invest in a miracle or two or more.”—The Christian Science Monitor
In search of adventure, twenty-nine-year-old Conor Grennan embarked on a yearlong journey around the globe, beginning with a three-month stint volunteering at an orphanage in civil war-torn Nepal. But a shocking truth would forever change his life: these rambunctious, resilient children were not orphans at all but had been taken from their families by child traffickers who had falsely promised to keep them safe from war before abandoning them in the teeming chaos of Kathmandu. For Conor, what started as a footloose ramble became a dangerous, dedicated mission to unite youngsters he had grown to love with the parents they had been stolen from—a breathtaking adventure, as Conor risked everything in the treacherous Nepalese mountains to bring the children home.
Rights: William Morrow, North America; Commonwealth, complex Chinese; Beijing Booky, simple Chinese; Uitgeverij Forum, Netherlands; Presses de La Cite, France; Eichborn, Germany; Piemme, Italy; Woonjin Think Big, Korea; HarperCollins UK, UK; Sanskrit Co., Thailand; PT Mizan Pustaka, Indonesia; Papierowy Księżyc, Poland; Bokforlaget Nona, Sweden
This is a story about rediscovering what home is after watching one’s own home fall apart, sometimes many times over. Born into a large family, the son of a Vassar professor, Conor moved from suburbia to a dangerous neighborhood in Jersey City after his parents divorced. He made friends from countries he’d never heard of, captained the soccer and track teams at a school that had neither a soccer field nor a track, and figured out which liquor stores in his neighborhood would sell booze to teenagers. (Hint: All of them.)
Conor also faced daily racial harassment that often turned violent, but learned to get up the next day and start again. In his two family homes, he found that keeping a disjointed family together and protecting those we love sometimes means lying. Eventually, his struggle to live as a white boy in the inner city led him to find common ground with a group of displaced orphans in Nepal whom he taught to stand up for themselves when afraid and from whom he learned far bigger lessons about life. WHITE BOY is a story of how we are taught to fight, to forgive, to love, to bind ourselves to others to make a new home while our own lies ravaged, and how we find ourselves in the process.
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Rights: Union Literary