Replacement Child

By Judy Mandel
(Seal Press, Paperback, 9781580054768, 224pp.)

Publication Date: March 2013

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Judy Mandel was born into a family crippled by loss. But it would be years before she would discover the shocking circumstances of her family’s tragedy.

Replacement Child tells the true story of a horrifying accident: a plane crashes into a family’s home, leaving one daughter severely burned and another dead. The death of the child leaves a hole in the family that threatens to tear it apart—but in a great act of hope, the parents give birth to a “replacement child,” born to fill the painful gap.

In this powerful story of love and lies, family and hope, Judy Mandel tells the story of being the child brought into the world to provide “a salve for the burns.” As a child, she unwittingly rides the deep and hidden currents of her family’s grief—until her discovery of this family secret, years later, changes her life forever, forcing her to confront the complex layers of her relationships with her father, mother, and sister.

About the Author

Judy Mandel is the founder of Mandel Associates, a marketing firm that focuses on corporate clients in the insurance and technology industries. She began her career as a journalist, branched out to public relations, and settled in corporate marketing, where she worked for over 20 years as a marketing director for several Fortune 100 companies. She is now a student in the MFA program of Southampton Stony Brook and lives in Connecticut with her husband. Visit her online at

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