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Eye Contact

by Cammie McGovern

Eye Contact
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    Jun 2006, 304 pages
    Mar 2007, 320 pages

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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 Sun and Pat Stacey's The Boy Who Loved Windows.

Her stories have always been plot-driven but this is her first venture into the murder-mystery genre, she says that she likes the format because it puts every...

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