Love You to Pieces Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs

ISBN-10: 0807000302
ISBN-13: 9780807000304
Edition: 2008
Authors: Suzanne Kamata
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 5/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The first literary collection-fiction, essays, and poetry-on raising special-needs children Responding to a dearth of literary writing on disability, Suzanne Kamata gathers parents perspectives at various stages in the lives of children with mental or physical difficulties. In these real and fictional stories, families cope with autism, deafness, retardation, muscular dystrophy, and more, laying bare the moments of rage, disappointment, and guilt that can color their relationships. Parent/child communication is a challenge at the best of times, but here we see the epic struggles and triumphs of those who speak their own language-or dont speak at all-and those who love them. Together, the authors-including Michael Bérubé, Jayne Anne Phillips, Penny Wolfson, Carol Zapata-Whelan, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, and Bret Lott-paint a beautiful, wrenchingly honest portrait of what it means to care for a child who does not experience the world as we do. The book serves as a site of quiet contemplation amid the swirling issues of medical research and disability rights, and the writers come clean about the complications of even the deepest love. "Powerful, unflinching, and beautifully rendered, Love You to Pieces is not just an anthology about raising children with special needs, but true literature. Many parents will find moving depictions of a reality they know so well. Others with no knowledge of this world will find a literary experience they'll never forget." -Rachel Simon, author of Riding the Bus with My Sister "Love You To Pieces is a unique reading experience: raw, moving, provocative and compelling. The stories are beautifully told, from many different backgrounds and perspectives, but taken together share a common and ultimately triumphant connecting thread: love conquers all." -Daniel Tammet, author of Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant

Introduction
Coming to Samsara, memoir
Without Strings, fiction
SMA Baby, poem
A Homecoming, fiction
"Severe Language Delay": In the Kitchen with My Three-Year-Old, poem
Magic Affinities, fiction
Little Locomotive, poem
Normal, memoir
Form and Void, poem
Doing Jigsaw Puzzles, poem
The Lives of the Saints, fiction
Living with Lilia, memoir
Termite's Birthday, 1959, fiction
Petit Mal, poem
Great Expectations, memoir
From Spells and Auguries, poems
Speaking of Love/Reading My Son, memoir
Ordinary Time, fiction
Moonrise, memoir
A Question of Leaves, poem
From Jewel, fiction
Doctor in the House, memoir
Victoria's Wedding, poem
Rachel at Work: Enclosed, a Mother's Report, memoir
What about Meg?, fiction
Joyful Noise, fiction
The Heart Speaks, memoir
Contributors' Notes
Acknowledgments

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