This book was introduced to me by a teen patient in my pediatrics office as mandatory reading in his high school English class and the concept of tribal justice dispatching a teen to an island to fend for himself was fascinating. But I could not put it down. It is a story of redemption at a gut wrenching level of self discovery.
You know that being a parent is the highest calling when you listen to Rupert Isaacson read about his own spiritual adventure with his wife and son. Raising an autistic unreachable son with mind blowing rages would lead most of us to the funny farm or divorce or both. Instead....this amazing couple agrees to go to the end of the civil world and into the unknown to regain some sanity to their lives and their relationship with their son. They have not given us a road we can all follow, but we are engaged totally in their son's gradual successes, setbacks, and their own courage.
The title is titilating, but I had to stop listening after the first two hours. I couldn't take the obsessiveness of the character, the fact the dog dies without any reference to its aging or demise. The author then launches into her marriage and having kids. It made it hard to follow or stay engaged.
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