Randi Davenports story is a testament to human fortitude, to hope, and to a mother's uncompromising love for her children.
She had always worked hard to provide her family with a sense of stability and strength, despite the challenges of having a son with autism and a husband whose erratic behavior sometimes puzzled and confused her.
But eventually, Randis husband slipped into his own world and permanently out of her family's. And at fifteen, her son Chase entered an unremitting psychosispursued by terrifying images, unable to recognize his own mother, unwilling to eat or even talkbecoming ever more tortured and unreachable.
Beautifully written and profoundly moving, this is the heartbreaking yet triumphant story of how Randi Davenport navigated the byzantine and broken health care system and managed not just to save her son from the brink of suicide but to bring him back to her again, and make her family whole. In The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes, she gives voice to the experiences of countless families whose struggles with mental illness are likewise invisible to the larger world.
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"Davenports memoir is intensely thorough and affecting." - Publishers Weekly
"A gripping memoir of motherly love and absolute devotion." - Kirkus Reviews
"This is a story with which far too many families can probably identify." - Booklist
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Randi Davenport received her MA in creative writing from Syracuse University as well as a PhD in literature. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in publications like the Washington Post, the Ontario Review, the Alaska Review, and Film/Literature Quarterly. She is the executive director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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