All the Children Are Home


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6.0 X 9.2 X 1.6 inches | 1.16 pounds

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About the Author

Patry Francis is the author of The Liar's Diary and the blog 100 Days of Discipline for Writers. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in the Tampa Review, Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Ontario Review, and American Poetry Review, among other publications. She is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and has twice been the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. She lives in Massachusetts.


Like Dahlia with her foster-children, Francis cleverly allows each character talk and move and grow at their own pace. The rhythms of the story are those of family life: the stories and relationships grow over the stretch of years, and at the end we feel as a young adult feels when they are on the brink of leaving home: we suddenly look back see it all for the first time, all in the round.--Frances Liardet, New York Times bestselling author of We Must Be Brave

At the heart of Patry Francis' brilliant new novel is a gorgeous and powerful exploration of unconditional love--masterful in scope and saturated with breathtaking truths on every page. A timeless story set in the 1950s, All the Children Are Home embraces the many voices of the Moscatelli's foster children and their foster mother--all of them harmed by trauma, abuse and, most of all--abandonment--as they wrestle with the darkest forces of humanity and forge their way toward the light.
--Jessica Keener, author of Strangers in Budapest
"Patry Francis has written a book with an explosion of remarkable voices. There are two hearts to the story - the wise and vulnerable children who survive and thrive in extraordinary circumstances and the foster mother who understands them in a way nobody else ever could. How Patry Francis stitches their lives together is a triumph." --Patricia Dann, author of The Wright Sister
A shattering story of how the human spirit can surmount any odds. Gorgeously written, profound, and so inspiring it could be a road map of how to live.--Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling author of Pictures of You and With or Without You
The shifting viewpoints and well-rounded characters coalesce to create a tragic and resilient image of an atypical family. This powerful and deeply moving story deserves a wide audience. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This moving novel grabs you by the heart right away and doesn't let go, celebrating the strength of the children who survive tragedy, the adults who take them in and love them, and the diverse families we make not from the people we might be born to but the people who are there and care." --Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Family and Those Who Save Us
With All the Children Are Home, Patry Francis unspools the sort of heartbreak we only see in the periphery of the news: broken families, abandoned children, lives destroyed by cruelty and violence. As the Moscatelli family gains and loses an assortment of foster children, it also becomes a story that wrests hope and joy out of dark moments, reminding us that family does not require kinship. True family is built of love and perseverance. If this incredibly moving book doesn't bring you to tears, I worry you've misplaced your heart.

--Bryn Greenwood, New York Times bestselling author of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things