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In This Haunting Memoir, Gail Gallant Recounts Her Unbelievable Life As A Changeling, A Child Born To Replace AnotherWhen Gail Gallant Was Five Months Old, She Died A Year Later, She Was Reborn Or So Her Mother SaidThe Crash Occurred On A July Night In The Truck Hit The Gallant Family S Car Head On A Few Weeks Later, Newborn Baby Gail Died From Her Injuries Mad With Grief, Her Mother Prayed Feverishly For Gail S Return, Convinced That God Would Bring Her Child Back To Her And When She Gave Birth Within A Year To A Baby Girl Who Looked Identical To Her Lost Child, She Believed Her Prayers Had Been AnsweredShe Named That Newborn Baby GailIn This Haunting Memoir About Having And Losing Faith, Gail Gallant Recounts Her Awe Inspiring True Story Of Life As A Changeling A Child Born To Replace Her Deceased Baby Sister A Middle Child In A Large Catholic Family, Gail Embraced The Belief That She Was Especially Anointed, A Status That Was Reinforced By Her Stern, Devout Mother And Distant, Hard Drinking Father Babies Sometimes Die, After All, But She Was The One That God Had Chosen To Bring Back To LifeEventually, This Special Status The Feeling That She Had Been Singled Out By God, And Just As Importantly, By Her Mother Became A Source Of Secret Anxiety For Gail Doubt Began To Cast Its Shadow As She Grew Up, Questions Plagued Her Why Did God Save Her What Did He Want In Return And What If She Couldn T Live Up To His Or Her Mother S Expectations What If She Wasn T So Special After All Or Worse, What If She Was A Mere Imposter, Only Pretending To Be The First Gail, Whose Life She Now Lived For This Changeling Child With A Tortured Soul, Finding Her Own Identity Meant Wrestling With Sainthood And Sin Alike As She Rewrote Her Origin Story, Gail Battled Blinding Depression And Loss Of Faith Ultimately, She Discovered Her Own Sense Of What Is Extraordinary In Becoming Simply Herself


10 thoughts on “The Changeling

  1. says:

    I was a changeling, switched at birth with a baby who had died Torn between my two identities, I was neither I was no one. What a sadly compelling story Gail Gallant shares in her memoir My Life as a Changeling After Gallant s parents lost the youngest of their three daughters, Gail, in a road accident, her devoutly Catholic mother begged God to send her back to them When another baby girl was born the following year with all the same features and attended by a pain free birth her mother declared it a miracle and named this infant Gail as well Eventually giving birth to three children, the busy mother s attention and affection were hard to come by, but as the miracle baby , Gail enjoyed her special place in the family s mythology until she grew older and realised the psychological toll this otherness, this changeling role, had taken upon her Gail Gallant s story isn t of some extraordinary life meant to enthrall or entertain the reader, but her experiences are just unusual enough to have expanded my notion of what a life can look like and that s a good reading experience to me Note I read an ARC and quotes may not be in their final forms I began to see a psychiatrist For the first time ever, I started to really think about the role the other Gail had played in my life The circumstances of my birth had always made me feel special At the same time, though, I felt as if I had to do something special to deserve this miracle I had to make up for the family tragedy Pay the debt. My own mother from Prince Edward Island like the author was meant to be named Maggie until my grandparents best friends lost their infant daughter, Brenda, to some epidemic, and in honour of her, my mother was christened with the name Brenda as well at no time, however, was it suggested that my mother was that same wee soul sent back to Earth yet now I wonder what effect this tossed off story actually had on her child s mind By contrast, Gail Gallant was told that she was the return of the dead Gail, and she began to worry why God had answered her mother s prayers when children died and stayed dead all the time what purpose did God have for her She became particularly pious which earned her some degree of approval from her cold mother , but young Gail was terrified that the Virgin Mary would appear to her and assign her some dangerous task suited to the saints and martyrs that she learned about She began to experience a duality in her personality Gail believed that other Gail lived under her bed and she became so adept at projecting one face the pious while hiding her true one the terrified , that she embarked on a life in which no one ever saw the real Gail As she details her entire life story, this duality had repercussions for her in school, at work, and in her personal relationships And through it all, her mother remained cold and her father remained distant this is not the story of a happy life All my life, you have been my dead sister They named me after you I am so much like you, if you d been born later, they d have named you after me But you are real than I have ever been Admit it You are Gail I am only the other Gail. I find it intriguing that Gallant has successfully harnessed her early dread of fascination with the supernatural she has written a couple of YA books around hauntings and I appreciate the thoughtfulness and reflection she has put into this memoir Maybe not of wide appeal, but I am pleased to have learned of Gallant s unusual origins.


  2. says:

    This is a captivating story, and quite unique A baby born to replace one that died, and given the same name I m trying to imagine how I d feel growing up with a religious mother who believed I was her previous baby given back by God, and I can t However, this is not the only element the writer s teen and adult years are equally fascinating The book was, for me, relatable in many ways, for Ms Gallant reveals her most private feelings throughout and I really got it about her school days and dating years Poignant and well paced, The Changeling is a coming of age memoir and I read it in just a few days I couldn t put it down.


  3. says:

    What a fascinating tale, The Changeling had me absolutely captivated from the moment I read the back Having been raised to believe she was the reincarnation of her deceased sister, in an extremely religious family, Gail speaks about her struggles with severe depression and anxiety, her waning belief in god, the ghost of her former self, and her internal conflict and coming to terms that she may not be a divine being as she once believed Excellent read 4 5


  4. says:

    If I squint, half of the book was about the author being a changeling and it s repercussions This half was crazy sad evil terrifying eye opening about the damage parents could do to their children.The other half was a memoir like any other memoir Although sometimes it read like a novel in a good way Story aside it was a very well written book.


  5. says:

    Fascinated real life story Once I started reading it, I could not put it down.


  6. says:

    I didn t find the story interesting largely because of the prose it just didn t draw me in.