The Foundling: The True Story of a Kidnapping, a Family Secret, and My Search for the Real Me (Paperback)
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This is the inspiring and “page-turning” (Booklist) true story of a man who discovered that he had been kidnapped as a baby—and how his quest to find out who he really is upturned the genealogy industry, his own family, and set in motion the second longest cold case in US history.
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 that he was definitely 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.
Poignant and inspiring, The Foundling is a story about a child lost and a 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.
About the Author
Paul Joseph Fronczak works for a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives. He has worked at several colleges, helping people better themselves through education. Paul is a former actor and avid motorcyclist, and he has played bass guitar in several bands. He loves hanging out with his young daughter Emma Faith in Las Vegas, where they live. The Foundling is Paul’s first book.
Alex Tresniowski is a writer who lives and works in New York. He was a writer for both Time and People magazines, handling mostly human-interest stories. He is the author or coauthor of more than twenty books. For more about this story and the author, please visit AlexTres.com.
"A riveting, intriguing, and inspiring tale...For readers who love deep, personal stories of lost and found love and the sometimes strange vagaries of life, this is a book to savor."
— Homer Hickam, Author, Rocket Boys/October Sky and Carrying Albert Home
"Page-turning... will likely appeal to a large swath of readers, from true-crime fans to amateur genealogists."
"A gripping tale of secrets and self-discovery."