In 1997, writer Patricia Stacey and her husband Cliff learned that their six-month-old son Walker might never walk or talk, or even hear or see.
Unwilling to accept this grim prediction, they embarked on a five-year odyssey that took them into alternative medicine, the newest brain research, and toward a new and innovative understanding of autism.
Finally their search led them to pioneering developmental psychiatrist Stanley Greenspan who helped them save their son and bring him into full contact with the world.
This enthralling memoir, at once heart wrenching and hopeful, takes the reader into the life of one remarkable family willing to do anything to give their son a rich and emotionally full life. We stand witness as they struggle to elicit the first sign that Walker is connecting with them, and share in their fears, struggles, tiny victories, and eventual triumphs.
The Boy Who Loved Windows is compelling and inspiring reading for parents and professionals who care for children with autism and other special needs. The book is also a stunning literary debut, of interest to anyone who cares about the lives of children and the passion of families who, against huge odds, put these children first.
This is gripping, real life family drama at its best. It should go without saying that this would be useful reading for anybody involved with autism - but The Boy Who Loved Windows has been, and should continue to be, read by a wider audience for the raw power of the writing and the story told.
Curled Up with a Good Book
Anyone who has a connection with autism and sensory disorders will want to read and re-read this book, in search of clues and hopeful road signs.
Parents with children who are autistic will find a great deal of encouragement in Patricia Stacey's book.
O The Oprah Magazine
[A] heart-stopping new memoir...riveting...a gripping, unsentimental narrative of a family struggling to keep intact...Mostly, though, it's the story of a mother who refused to read the writing on the wall--and saved her son's life in the process...compelling.
When you find a good book, a really, really good book, what do you do? Most readers would confess to buttonholing friends (especially the close ones) and demanding that they promise to read that particularly wonderful book. That's my initial reaction to Patricia Stacey's first book, the awesome account of her son's battle against autism...illustrates the intense relationship between mother and son...The author writes with all the authenticity of a medical professional (she's not) and presents this captivating story in 300 pages that will keep the reader turning pages after midnight. I'd be shocked if The Boy Who Loved Windows doesn't win a stack of major writing awards. It's a book you will recommend to friends, especially to mothers who will identify with this altogether compelling
If you or anyone you know has a child with autism, you won't want to miss reading The Boy Who Loved Windows.
A sharply observed, deeply personal account.
Vivid descriptions...recommended for all public libraries and for academic libraries with education and social work collections.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by Veronica Wonderful book This is a great book about a topic that many more people should become familiar with - autism and Asperger's. If you want to read more, check out Temple Grandin's books. She is a high-functioning autistic and has authored books on the subject.
Rated of 5
by Jean In my eyes My little brother is autistic and this book gave me more of an insite from those who Patricia had spoken to about her son. I completely disagreeded with people who say that autistic children and adults have the inability to love. I believe that is... Read More
Rated of 5
As a college student, and choosing to read this book, I thought it was excellent, and it really let me inside of world that I was unfamiliar with. I knew about Autism, but I did not understand it. But Stacey really did a wonderful job with real... Read More
Rated of 5
I was compleletly intrigued by this book. I picked it up at the library just looking for a book to read. As I started reading it was like you were there sharing the same feelings about Walker as Patricia had. This book really opened my eyes to... Read More
Rated of 5
by Marjorie Hutter
While browsing in a bookstore, I picked up this book and began reading the first chapter. After just a few pages I knew I couldn't leave the store without it. I urge everyone to read the opening excerpt provided here by BookBrowse.com. Anyone... Read More
A moving, deeply absorbing story of a family in crisis. What sets it apart from most fiction about difficult subjects such as autism, is the author's ability to write about a sad and frightening situation with a seamless blend of warmth, compassion and humor.
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