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Could it be That Way: Living with Autism Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B015AB9086
- Publisher : Michael Braccia; 2nd edition (11 Sept. 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 1542 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 297 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 151721825X
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,924,306 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Well done Michael.. I look forward to reading your next book Banwell tales.
While the book pursues a mainly linear narrative, Braccia also provides glimpses of what John might say at various points in the story, if he were able to communicate verbally.Surprisingly, given the title of the book, John remains in the background for much of the story, yet the profound changes that he goes through dictates the course that the family's life takes at any one point. Through story-telling, Braccia calls on the reader to challenge their perceptions of what is means to live with autism, while also providing many useful, factual insights into the disorder. This is a book that both educates and entertains.
At times it feels that there is a little too much information about David's early life, although by the end of the book it is clear why Braccia has included such detail. However, the story moves along at a great pace, particular during the final third of the book when it becomes difficult to put down.
This is an ambitious first novel, dealing with a challenging subject about which much has already been written. Where Braccia succeeds is in telling a very human, unsentimental love story about a normal family that is called upon to do extraordinary things when challenged with autism and readers will be challenged, amused, informed, but above all, inspired by reading this book.
The story is set in contemporary England somewhere in the Midlands. David, the protagonist, drops out of school at 16 and enters the real world of work. By chance, if you believe in chance, or by providence, if you believe in a higher power, he learns a valuable skill, IT, right at the beginning of the tech boom in the 80’s. Another blessing comes his way with meeting his future wife Anita. He is strengthened and supported by his family, his wife, his wife’s family, and valuable work skills for the challenge ahead: his only child, his son John, is severely autistic. Out of love for his son and empathy for other autistic children, David leaves behind a successful career in computers for a new career in education for autistic children.
One of the reasons I found this story to be so interesting is because I have someone in the family with autism.