This book has changed how I view people, including myself, for the better. With extraordinary empathy and respect, Solomon tells the stories of parents who raise children who are significantly different from themselves. He illuminates the complex challenges faced by both parents and children and describes how people from all walks of life address those challenges, including both successful and less successful outcomes. Differences include Down Syndrome, Dwarfism, children of rape, Deafness, Autism, transgender children, Schizophrenia, precocious children, criminal children, profound disability (I may have forgotten one or two).
This is a LONG book (6 downloads), yet I could not put it down - I kept looking for opportunities to keep listening. I am now grieving the end of the book. Solomon reads the book himself, and the respect and empathy shines through in his telling.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a parent, works with disabled people, or was ever a child.....
This is a classic Kate Shugak story, with all your favorite characters and descriptions of The Park, but a twist at the end.
Yes, the underlying themes are mature, about accepting responsibility for your actions, making the right but not always easy choices, and living the life you have. There is a long list of characters who are all struggling with these issues in different ways. Add the rich language, the sympathetic treatment of the characters, and the generally upbeat end, and you have a book that is worth re-reading. The narrator was excellent too!
I liked Dee, who did her best with some pretty hard knocks in her life. Of course, I liked Pasquale too, a decent man, caught up in events that took him over. He struggled to find his way, but once that became clear, did the right thing, though it was very very hard.
The people, the setting, the time, the comic books were all engaging characters in this story. All complemented and enhanced each other. I have no particular interest in comic books, but loved the book anyhow.
The forgiveness, love and acceptance when Joe finally came home.
I highly recommend this book!
I liked how the old and new mysteries played off of each other.
This was my second time reading the book, and I was fascinated to see how the various twists and turns led to (or didn't lead to) the conclusion. Hard to put down.
Way way way too much inane inner dialog about angst and uncertainty - very poorly written. I found the reader's voice incredibly annoying.
None that I could find in the parts I endured until I couldn't stand it any more. I didn't get to the sexual parts of the story. I might have enjoyed that. Not worth reading the drivel required to get there.
This is one of the better audiobooks I've listened to.
I liked her slight accent and her sympathy for the characters. She helped bring them to life.
I liked that the characters were fairly conflicted, neither all good or all bad (at least most of them). This added to the interest and tension of the story.
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