From the book jacket:
Stephen Marsh is a
true Brit; Melanie, a transplanted American. They have two
children, four-year-old Emily and Daniel, just three. When they learn that Daniel is autistic the orderly life of their family is shattered.
Melanie is determined to fight to teach Daniel to speak, play
and become as "normal" as possible. Her enchanting disposition
has already helped her weather other life storms, but
Daniel's autism may just push her over the brink, destroying her
resolute optimism and bringing her unsteady marriage to an
inglorious end. The situation is not helped by Stephen's
far-from-supportive parents, who proudly display the family tree
with Melanie's name barely penciled in, and who remain
disconcertingly attached to Stephen's ex-fiancée, a woman
Beyond the Book
Autism Speaks, it is likely that throughout history people have lived
with what are now known as autistic spectrum disorders, but the term was first
used around 1911 by Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler.
Autism was first described as a specific condition by Dr Leo Kanner in 1943. The following year, Dr
Hans Asperger published his paper on the 'high-functioning' form of autism that
bears his name (some believe Einstein and Newton both had Asbergers). During the 1950s and '60s many doctors believed autism was a psychological disturbance caused by poor
mothering. This theory was firmly crushed in the 1960s with the evidence
that autism was a biological condition.
In 1994, the National
Alliance for Autism Research,...