At first glance the heartfelt tale told in The Memory Keeper's Daughter
has little in common with the children's book The Sea of Trolls, also
recommended in this issue, but dig a little deeper and a connection does
In The Memory Keeper's Daughter David Henry sends his daughter away, out of sight, never to be talked of; in the Sea of Trolls Jack must navigate the terrifying world of trolls, changelings and the like. Many scholars believe the European legends of changeling children originated as a way of explaining the birth of children with mental and physical handicaps. In olden times, rather than be burdened with the responsibility for raising a handicapped child the parents could conclude that the child was not their offspring but rather a changeling - some creature birthed by a supernatural creature such as a troll, fairy or elf, and substituted for their rightful child, perhaps out of a desire to have a human servant, for the ...