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Daniel Isn't Talkingby Marti Leimbach
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A fearless, unsentimental novel about a mother's devotion to her autistic child, by the bestselling author of Dying Young. Simultaneous international publication.
Smart, resilient, engaged with the world, Melanie Marsh has already weathered the suicide of her father, the death of her mother, and the loss of her lover, but she has not lost the thrill of adventure or her wry sense of humour. When she comes to England to study, Melanie meets Stephen, a financial analyst, and is drawn immediately to his strong presence. Marriage and family quickly follow, as well as a certain happiness, until Melanie's worst suspicions are confirmed about their three-year-old son, Daniel. Daniel has autism and the prognosis is grim. Frustrated by the limits of the medical system, Melanie takes Daniel's care into her own hands and devotes all she has to working with him. Her marriage soon begins to falter and Stephen eventually turns to a former lover. It is at about this time that she seeks out Andy O'Connor, an alternative therapist whose controversial approach to autism she's heard something about. It is Andy's creativity, his patience and caring, that enable her son's progress, and for the first time, hope, in many forms, takes root.
Passionate, moving, heartbreakingly real, Marti Leimbach's new novel reveals a mother's desperation and the capacities of love, demonstrating once again Leimbach's gift for storytelling and for portraying characters we come to care deeply about.
"Timely and uplifting, even if her characters narrowly escape central casting....Still, watching a handicapped child rend the fragile seams of a woman's personality and her marriage exposes us to some of the more honest and guilty realities of being a parent, and with it a mother's very human pursuit of a livable, if not perfect, ending." New York Times
"This novel...details a mother's guilt, depression and ultimate tenacity....Leimbach's strength is in creating characters who are human and fallible and become imbedded in your heart." USA Today
"Leimbach, herself the parent of an autistic child, does an excellent job of showing a mother fighting with every ounce of her being for what is right for her children and, ultimately, herself. A most satisfying read." Library Journal
"A skillfully crafted and bracingly unsentimental look at one mother's love...in the face of adversity." Kirkus Reviews
Leimbach, bestselling author of "Dying Young," has penned a fearless, unsentimental, and heartbreakingly real novel about a mother's devotion to her autistic child and all of the tangled relationships, compassionate moments, fear, and joy they experience along the way.
Melanie Marsh is an American living in London with her British husband, Stephen, and their two young children. The Marshes orderly home life is shattered when their son Daniel is given a devastating diagnosis. Resourceful and determined not to acceptt what others, including her husband, say is inevitable, Melanie finds an ally in the idealistic Andy, whose unorthodox ideas may just prove that Daniel is far more “normal” than anyone imagined. Daniel Isnt Talking is a moving story of a family in crisis, told with warmth, compassion, and humor.
About the Author
Marti Leimbach is the author of several novels, including the international bestseller Dying Young, which was made into a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts. Born in Washington, D.C., Leimbach attended the Creative Writing program at University of California, Irvine, and Harvard University. She currently lives in England and teaches at Oxford University's Creative Writing program.
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