The Foundling

The Foundling

The True Story of A Kidnapping, A Family Secret, and My Search for the Real Me

Book - 2017
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"A gripping tale of secrets and self-discovery." -- People

The Foundling tells the incredible and inspiring true story of Paul Fronczak, a man who recently discovered via a DNA test that he was not who he thought he was--and set out to solve two fifty-year-old mysteries at once. Along the way he upturned the genealogy industry, unearthed his family's deepest secrets, and broke open the second longest cold-case in US history, all in a desperate bid to find out who he really is.

In 1964, a woman pretending to be a nurse kidnapped an infant boy named Paul Fronczak from a Chicago hospital.

Two years later, police found a boy abandoned outside a variety store in New Jersey. The FBI tracked down Dora Fronczak, the kidnapped infant's mother, and she identified the abandoned boy as her son. The family spent the next fifty years believing they were whole again--but Paul was always unsure about his true identity.

Then, five years ago--spurred on by the birth of his first child, Emma Faith--Paul took a DNA test. The test revealed definitively that he was not Paul Fronczak. From that moment on, Paul has been on a tireless mission to find the man whose life he's been living--and to discover who abandoned him, and why.

This is the story of Paul's heart-wrenching and tortuous journey to solve both mysteries and finally learn the truth about his identity.

The Foundling is a touching and inspiring story about a child lost and faith found, about the permanence of families and the bloodlines that define you, and about the emotional toll of both losing your identity and rediscovering who you truly are.
Publisher: New York : Howard Books, c[2017]
Edition: First Howard Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501142123
Branch Call Number: 364.154 FRONCZAK
Characteristics: 347 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Tresniowski, Alex - Author


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Mar 24, 2019

This book was a very engaging and interesting read. If you like true stories or mysteries, this book is for you.

Dec 03, 2018

Well written and interesting.

Jul 02, 2017

I had a hard time putting this book down. I turned off the light way past my bedtime and finished it the next morning. It is a fascinating mystery. If you are into genealogy this is a must read.

Apr 09, 2017

The Foundling is an amazing true story of a man's search for his true identity. it is both heartbreaking and uplifting.


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