The Foundling: The True Story of a Kidnapping, a Family Secret, and My Search for the Real Me by Paul Fronczak

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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, four 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.

Title : The Foundling: The True Story of a Kidnapping, a Family Secret, and My Search for the Real Me
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ISBN : 1501142127
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Mischenko rated it ★★★★☆

June 10, 2017

To see this review please visit The Foundling by Paul Fronczak is a true story about a boy strayed at childhood and connected to a kidnapping. I was extremely engaged because I'd never heard this story. The book quickly turns into a search through his past and continues...

Stacy rated it ★★★★★

April 02, 2017

Wow-- all I can say is that. RTC. I need time to digest this. Review and interview with the author Paul Joseph Fronczak on our blog. Every parent's worst nightmare. A baby is born, and only a day old disappears out of the hospital in Chicago by a woman dressed like a nu...

Dem rated it ★★★☆☆

June 03, 2017

An engaging and touching true story about a man trying to find the answers to to questions about his identity and his struggle to understand the past and to accept the answers he was given. This is the story of Paul Fronczak who after 50 years learns through a DNA test that he is not who he thoug...

Hannah rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 26, 2017

I dislike rating memoirs this low because they tell the story of someone's life and who am I to judge them for the way they chose to tell it? That being said, this was kind of a mess. Paul Fronczak clearly is still too close to everything that happened and didn't have the time to process it. As a...

Michelle rated it ★★★★★

March 12, 2017

An astonishing, riveting, and heartfelt debut memoir of an infant abduction that led to the largest manhunt in the history of Chicago: “The Foundling” authored by Paul Fronczak with Alex Tresniowski is also about search for identity and truth found in family ties and connections, whether biologic...

Katie rated it ★★★★☆

December 24, 2016

If you like biographies or mystery thrillers, pick this book up immediately! I could not put it down and finished it within two days. This story has more twists, turns, dead ends, new glimpses of hope, questions and answers and then more questions then you could ever believe. It's hard to sit bac...

Davyne rated it ★★★★☆

June 22, 2017

A real life mystery… very intriguing and kept me turning pages until the very end. Paul Joseph Fronczak never felt like he “belonged” with his family. But it wasn’t until he was 10 years old that he discovered old newspaper articles in his family’s basement all about his kidnapping from the hospit...

Antigone rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 17, 2017

It's holiday time and the house is empty. Ten-year-old Paul Fronczak, mischievous lad that he is, sets off to hunt down the family's cache of hidden Christmas presents. He runs down to the basement and pulls an old gray sofa from the wall in order to reach a wooden door leading to a crawlspace. H...

Shelby rated it ★★★★★

July 14, 2017

5 stars! I really found this book really interesting and also very fastening too. The one thing that really interesting was on how the people in the story went missing and how everyone tried everything to find them or even get justice for them. I also really loved how this book had different stor...

Donna rated it ★★★★☆

April 21, 2017

This is an autobiography that also encompasses true crime. A new born babe (a boy) went missing in the hospital back in the early 60's. Two years later, a boy who is just barely a toddler, is abandoned in front of a store. Since DNA tests weren't around, the FBI studied the ears of this boy and t...

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