Five days gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child

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In the fall of 1929, when Laura Cummings 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 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 Using photographs from the time, historical documents, and works of art, Cumming investigates this case of stolen identity with the tool set of a detective and the unique intimacy of a daughter trying to understand her family's past and its legacies. 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 shed 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 mothers 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 Using photographs from the time, historical documents, and works of art, Cumming investigates this case of stolen identity with the tool set of a detective and the unique intimacy of a daughter trying to understand her familys 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.
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subject_facetAdopted children -- England
Autobiographies
Cumming, Laura -- Family
Families -- History
Family secrets
Kidnapping victims -- England
Lincolnshire (England) -- Biography
Missing children -- England -- Lincolnshire
title_displayFive days gone : the mystery of my mother's disappearance as a child
title_fullFive Days Gone The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child
Five days gone : the mystery of my mother's disappearance as a child / Laura Cumming
title_shortFive days gone
title_subThe Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child
topic_facetAdopted children
Biography & Autobiography
Cumming, Laura
Families
Family
Family secrets
History
Kidnapping victims
Missing children
Nonfiction