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Eye Contact [Paperback]

Cammie McGovern
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1 Feb 2007

For nine years Adam has been the centre of his mother, Cara's, world. And, she thinks, she has been the centre of his. Until the day he disappears. When he is found in the woods behind his school, beside the body of a little girl whom Cara has never heard of before, it feels as if her world has been torn apart. As Adam is locked into silence, unable to tell his mother what he has seen, Cara's desperation to understand her little boy becomes fiercer than ever.

A heartrending, utterly unputdownable story of the tangled bond between mother and child, Eye Contact engages the heart and will not let it go.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 Feb 2007)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141024984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141024981
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 592,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Compulsively addictive . . . heartbreaking . . . a moving picture of a boy whose weakest subject is life' Daily Telegraph 'Riveting and unforgettable . . . brilliant' Julie Orringer, author of How to Breathe Underwater

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Cammie McGovern is the mother of three young children, including one autistic boy. Eye Contact is her second novel. She lives in Massachusetts.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page-Turner! 15 May 2006
Cammie McGovern writes about autism and childhood with great assurance. Her characters really come to life and she has a writing style that is easy to read and draws you in. This would make a great film. Highly Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Move over, Mark Haddon 18 July 2006
I loved this book; not only is it a great mystery, but it also portrays autistic children in a perceptive and moving way that is much truer to the vast majority of such children than "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NIght-time". A colleague of my wife who works extensively with autistic children is recommending this book to all this patients.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two Autistic Minds Are Better Than One 10 Sep 2006
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Cara, 31 and her 9-year-old son Adam cope with autism. Adam has an especially severe form of it; he is marginally verbal; insists on routines and does not engage in imaginitive play. Cara is a single mother who works diligently with the boy after he was diagnosed with autism at age 3.

Cara coped with differently abled people all of her life. When she was in elementary school, her classmate and later to become friend Kevin was severely injured in an accident, leaving him with permanent physical limitations. Her best friend Suzette becomes agoraphobic in early adulthood and sequesters herself in her family home after sharing a flat with Cara.

When Cara says that Adam "learned to please her" and "to make her happy" by pretending to use a banana as a telephone after she insisted he do this. Forcing that kind of "pretend play" does not spark imagination; rather, for many people with autism, it is only natural to wonder "what on earth is fun about pretending a banana is a phone? And neurotypicals (NTs) talk about us and the way we play! At least we don't pretend to use edible telephones!" That was my immediate response. Donna Williams addresses this issue as well in her books about autism; what people learn to do is "give the desired response." How right she is!

Cara and Adam's world is irrevocably changed when Adam's 10-year-old classmate Amelia is found murdered near the school playground. Sadly, Adam is a suspect and it takes some clever sleuthing on the part of a 13-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome to crack the case. Morgan, the older child as well as other children in his "special social support group" have been targeted by bullies and subjected to extreme cruelty. Morgan takes an interest in Adam and in time, the pair bond in a fashion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible story 24 Aug 2013
By Radiojock TOP 500 REVIEWER
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There are so many stories woven into this book that it will take me another read to catch it all, properly. The author writes with such incredible compassion that, apart from the young girl's death, made it a pleasure to read. It took a long time to find out how the child died, and you get a shocking look at how far bullies affect other children. This is something I wish adults would take more of an interest in, just to try and understand what the bullied have to live with. Very well written and presented.
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