“Lamb will move you by the grace of its prose and by its honesty and emotional accuracy. It is not easy to write about innocence in a world like ours but Bernard MacLaverty has done it. This is a beautiful novel.” —John Gabree, NewsdayWhen Brother Sebastian, nee Michael Lamb, runs away from a bleak reformatory, taking with him twelve-year-old Owen Kane, the media and the police call it a kidnapping. For Lamb, though, it is a rescue of a formerly abused boy from a place of no hope, a last grasp at an elusive happiness. But as the outside world closes in, as time and money run out, Lamb finds himself moving towards a solution that is as shocking as it is loving.
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Until its last few chapters, which go askew with stagey portent, Irish writer MacLaverty's first novel has a slippery ambiguity of motive that is pretty interesting.Sep 01 1980 | Read Full Review of Lamb (Norton Paperback Fiction)
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