Un matrimonio felice, quello tra Melanie e Stephen, che va in pezzi di fronte a una drammatica realtà: Daniel, il più piccolo dei loro due figli, è autistico. Stephen sceglie la fuga dalle responsabilità e abbandona la famiglia. Sola, Melanie, nella disperata ricerca di un aiuto, incontra Andy O'Connor, un terapeuta dai metodi non tradizionali. Un ciarlatano capace solo di alimentare false speranze, come dicono alcuni, o la persona giusta per Daniel? A Melanie basta assistere al primo incontro tra Andy e Daniel, vederli giocare insieme: "Lui lo renderà un ragazzino che s'infila i jeans da solo e corre a torso nudo in giardino con una mazza da cricket e una pallina. Troverà amici con cui farà gare giù per i pendii e battaglie ai giardinetti; sognerà di guidare auto da corsa e pilotare mongolfiere. Sarà normale, o quasi. E sarà felice". Quello che Melanie ancora non sa è che Andy cambierà completamente la sua vita... Una storia commovente e ironica sulla forza dell'amore materno, sulla lotta quotidiana che molte donne conoscono: fare la cosa giusta per i propri figli, ma anche per se stesse.
- ISBN: 8884517257
- Casa Editrice: Salani
- Pagine: 272
My fury. Let me show you it. First, when I read that there was a "devastating" diagnosis, I assumed it was something terminal. ASD is life-altering, not devastating. ASD is not going to kill my child. There are worse things. Second, when the MMR line came up? Book went flying across the room. Third, Leggi tutto
Don't read this book!!! The author gives a completely stereotyped, unrealistic portrayal of children with autism. Being a speech-language pathologist that works with children with autism, I was offended by the generalized portrayal and lack of research put into this book. I actually wrote to the aut Leggi tutto
I really enjoyed this book - so much of what Leimbach described about dealing with having a child with a disability made me think while I was reading that she must have dealt with this on a personal level. And since the book cover didn't tell me, it wasn't until I read about it on Amazon that I real Leggi tutto
I didn't quite like this one. I usually savour books about people/kids with disability, poverty or war but this one lacked flavour. It's simply about this mother with an autistic kid. I feel like her character's too whiny, and autism isn't the worst thing that can happen to your child. She's negativ Leggi tutto
In "Daniel Isn’t Talking", Marti Leimbach has written a novel about a mother discovering her son has autism and trying to find him treatment. I must say, it got quite an emotional response from me. I was ready to kill the asshole husband and all the doctors who wrote off Daniel as untreatable. I rea Leggi tutto
We first meet Melanie, the protagonist and narrator of Daniel Isn't Talking , at a particularly vulnerable point in her life. She's a new arrival in an unfamiliar country, having emigrated from the United States to England to set up house with her new husband in a cottage owned by his family; she's n Leggi tutto
Very enjoyable novel about motherhood and autism. As a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, I found everything -- from Melanie's fear, guilt, and grief when she faces the diagnosis to the infuriating frustration of dealing with professionals -- believable and easy to relate to. Memorable quotes: Leggi tutto
For me, this book simply did not live up to all the hype. Neither in content nor style. The plot of the novel (and that is what this is a NOVEL, not a memoir) was acceptable. Given the difficulty of taking on a subject such as autism, you have to give the author some credit. But it just didn't shine. Leggi tutto
I liked this book because it departs from the cliche of most books about children with autism. It still provides many insights about autism and its effect on the family, but rather than centering on the child's condition, the author chose to highlight the bumpy but realistic personal journey of his
I found the book to be readable and felt it does a good job of portraying what it's like for some families who are new to the diagnosis. However, I would have rather seen the author discredit the dangerous "vaccines cause autism" theory rather than just bringing it up as a possible cause. Leaving it Leggi tutto
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