Not wishing to beat about the bush on this, let me tell you up
front that I just loved this book! When selecting titles to recommend I
look for books that will both entertain and inform (because life is too short to
spend it reading lightweight fluff, but equally who wants to spend their
hard-earned leisure time reading dull, weighty tomes?), in particular I look for
books that give me the opportunity to see the world through someone else's eyes
- for example, books that take me to a place that I don't know or put me inside the
brain of somebody quite different to myself. McGovern has done the latter
quite brilliantly - I really felt that I was seeing the world through the eyes
of her lead protagonists.
has a wide cast of characters (one reviewer felt a few too many)
but they are all well-drawn and, on the whole, ring...
Beyond the Book
Like Cara, Cammie McGovern is the mother of an autistic boy; she says that
about four years ago she started writing a nonfiction account of the time just
before and after her son's diagnosis. However, she eventually put the
memoir aside to return to fiction because she says, "I knew how to create a
story and keep it moving along with suspense and surprises better than I knew
how to report the countless ways that those years were hard and lonely for our
family." She's glad that she returned to the familiar medium of fiction
(she's the author of one previous novel, The Art of Seeing
, 2002 and many
short stories) because she says there are so many wonderful memoirs written by
parents already - two of her favorites are Beth Kephardt's The Slant of...