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Where We Going, Daddy?: Life with Two Sons unlike Any Other

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Jean-Louis Fournier did not expect to have a disabled child. He certainly did not expect to have two. But that is precisely what happened to this wry French humorist, and his attempts to live and cope with his Mathieu and Thomas, both facing extremely debilitating physical and mental challenges, is the subject of this brave and heartbreaking book. Fournier recalls the life he imagined having with his sons—but his boys will never really grow up, and he mourns the loss of every memory he thought he’d have.

   Though a devoted father, he does not shy away from exploring the limits of his love, the countless times he is filled with frustration and disappointment with no relief in sight. Mathieu and Thomas can barely communicate, and each in turn repeats learned phrases, such as “Where we going, Daddy?” (a favorite in the car) in what feels to

Fournier to be an eternal loop.

   In WhereWe Going, Daddy? Fournier reveals everything, and that is perhaps his most remarkable quality. He does not hide behind a mask of cliché, but gives voice to the darkness that comes with disability, and the rare moments of light. Through short, powerful vignettes Jean-Louis manages his grief with cynicism and humor. For parents of disabled children, this book will offer some relief from the courage they must garner every day, a chance to let down their guard, laugh at themselves, and embrace even the ugly emotions they feel. For the rest of us, it’s an unsettling and heartfelt glimpse into an otherwise unimaginable life.

 

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Jean-Louis Fournier is a writer, humorist, and television producer. He is the author of a number of successful essays and novels where the humor and humanity of his style always shines, among others Il a jamais tu

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590513385
Author:
Fournier, Jean-Louis
Publisher:
Other Press (NY)
Translator:
Hunter, Adriana
Introduction by:
Kupfer, Fern
Introduction:
Kupfer, Fern
Author:
Hunter, Adriana
Subject:
General
Subject:
Authors, French -- 20th century.
Subject:
Authors, French - 21st century
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Children with Special Needs
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Children with Special Needs
Subject:
Family & Relationships-Parenting - Fatherhood
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.58x5.04x.43 in. .29 lbs.

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