Sam Leith

Kidnapped for the Cows

What We Lost: A Story of My Father's Childhood


Dale Peck’s new book opens with his father being kidnapped by his grandfather. It is a freezing winter morning in Long Island, not yet light, and the boy, fourteen years old, is pulled bewildered fi-om the bed he shares wkh his six siblings and, in too-tight hand-medown shoes, spirited to his uncle’s dairy farm in upstate New York. There, he is dumped.

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