Inspired by a complicated matriarch with a troubled past, four foster children find the courage and resilience to save themselves and each other.

About All the Children Are Home

Told in alternating voices,  All the Children Are Home braids together the stories of Dahlia Moscatelli, a woman trapped in her home by a traumatic secret for nearly twenty years and the four foster children in whom she has invested all her hopes and dreams. The novels follows the family through nearly a decade of heartbreak and triumph as they find--and share--the courage and resilience to overcome the past.

About Patry

Patry Francis is the author of The Orphans of Race Point and The Liar’s Diary, as well as the blog 100 Days of Discipline for Writers. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in the Tampa Review, Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Ontario Review, and American Poetry Review, among other publications. She is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and has twice been the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. Her first novel, The Liar's Diary, was  recently optioned for film by Scott Free Productions.

Praise for Patry's Novels

"Patry Francis has created characters to love...Your heart will beat with theirs, break with theirs, mend with theirs."

—Lauren Wolk, award-winning author of Wolf Hollow and Echo Mountain on All the Children Are Home

"At the heart of Patry Francis' brilliant new novel is a gorgeous and powerful exploration of unconditional love--masterful in scope and saturated with breathtaking truths on every page. A timeless story..."

—Jessica Keener, author of Strangers in Budapest on All the Children Are Home

"A shattering story of how the human spirit can surmount any odds... Gorgeously written, profound, and so inspiring it could be a road map of how to live."

—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and With You or Without You on All The Children Are Home

“This beautifully wrought novel is a sometimes wrenching but ultimately uplifting story of murder and betrayal in the face of faith, family in its truest sense, and—most of all—love.”

Booklist Globe (starred review) on The Orphans of Race Point

"Heartfelt and deeply hopeful, All the Children Are Home is the story you want when the world overwhelms. ...readers will root for Dahlia’s transcendent love, Jimmy’s fierce loyalty, Zaidie’s take-no-prisoners determination, and Agne's irrepressible joy."

—Laura McBride, author of We are Called to Rise and The Midnight Room

“Patry Francis has written a book with an explosion of remarkable voices in All the Children Are Home. This novel is a story of motherhood and childhood and great courage.....a triumph. ”

—Patricia Dann, author of The Wright Sister


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