As a young man, Silas Marner had been wrongly expelled from the religious community of Lantern Yard. Embittered by the experience, the weaver settled in Raveloe, where he became a selfish and lonely miser. But when his money is stolen and an orphan child is left on his doorstep, his true character comes to the surface.
Chris Bohjalian is the author of Midwives, The Law of Similars, and Transsister Radio, among other books. His new novel, Buffalo Soldier, about a foster child will be published in May. He lives in Vermont.