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In a little detour I’m switching to The Runaway. I’m fond of this book for many reasons. For one thing, the prologue is a fairytale and, recently, my interest in fairies has been piqued again.

 

Ciarrai is running away from a past that’s still breathing down his neck. Jack has no past, his memory wiped in the accident that killed his parents. They meet and their lives move forward like stones skimming the surface of the water, dipping into memories that want to surface and those that want to lie buried forever.

In this snippet, eleven-year-old Ciarrai is telling his nine-year-old brother a bedtime story. It’s about a man who was lured into fairyland by a beautiful fairy, then placed under an enchantment that he could never leave

 

“Well, no,” Ciarrai admitted reluctantly. “He was never hungry or thirsty and everyone was always happy and laughing and never sick or sad. He was treated well and everything was bright and shiny and glittery.”

“Then why did he want to leave?”

“Because he wasn’t a fairy and he didn’t belong.”

“But if it was a better place?”

“It might have been better in some ways, but it wasn’t his home. And he didn’t want things to be bright and shiny all the time. He wanted things to be dark sometimes, so he’d have something to fight for. Most of all, he wanted to have a choice, to be able to go home if he wanted. And, no matter how pretty and sweet and lovely everything was, he was still a prisoner.”

 

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