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Author: Paul Joseph Fronczak, Alex Tresniowski Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781508229254
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The Foundling tells the incredible and inspiring true story of Paul Fronczak, a man who recently discovered via a DNA test that he was not who he thought he was—and set out to solve two fifty-year-old mysteries at once. Along the way he upturned the genealogy industry, unearthed his family’s deepest secrets, and broke open the second longest cold-case in US history, all in a desperate bid to find out who he really is.

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 definitively that he was 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.

This is the story of Paul’s heart-wrenching and tortuous journey to solve both mysteries and finally learn the truth about his identity.

The Foundling is a touching and inspiring story about a child lost and 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Page-turning…Will likely appeal to a large swath of readers, from true-crime fans to amateur genealogists.”

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  • “A gripping tale of secrets and self-discovery.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 7/29/2019

    " This story of Paul Fronczak is fascinating. This is a gripping tale of secrets and hope and mystery. The Foundling tells the true story of Paul Fronczak who recently discovered, via DNA test that he is not who he thought he was. This is after a woman, pretending to be a nurse kidnapped a boy named Paul Fronczak back in 1964. Two years later, a boy was found abandoned outside of a store in New Jersey. This is a story that will pull at your heartstrings and have you cheering on Mr. Fronczak as he tries to find out who he really is while sharing the emotional toll this situation has had on his life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/10/2018

    " This was an incredible story. I could not stop listening "

About the Author

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered over twenty Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.