A boy born of an adulterous affair, whose race and parentage are unclear . . . an obsessive journalist who feels alive only on the edge of danger . . . a beautiful but distracted young woman who seems ill-equipped for life—when these three mismatched people come together in London during the 1960s, their lives are changed forever.
Stray Love is the unforgettable story of Marcel, an orphan growing up in postwar England. When his guardian, Oliver, is promoted to foreign correspondent and posted to Vietnam, Marcel is left in the care of the free-spirited Pippa. But just when it seems they will never be reunited, Marcel is sent to join Oliver in Vietnam. As the war escalates, Oliver is finally overwhelmed by emotions he can’t outrun—including his doomed love for Pippa. But Marcel, running through the streets of Saigon, or bonding with his Vietnamese nanny, Anh, is finally starting to feel at home in the world. Is this why Oliver suddenly decides to tell Marcel the truth about his life? And is it the “real” truth or simply Oliver’s version of it?
About the author
KYO MACLEAR was born in London and grew up in Toronto as the only child of a foreign correspondent. Her father reported on some significant world events, including recording the first interviews with American POWs in North Vietnam. While Stray Love is entirely a work of fiction, it is informed by her experiences living with her father. Her first novel, The Letter Opener (2007), was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artists Award and shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Maclear is also an award-winning visual arts writer and the author of two children’s books: Spork (2010) and Virginia Wolf (2012). Visit her online at www.kyomaclear.ca.