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Daniel Isn't Talking by [Leimbach, Marti]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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‘If you like fiction emphatic and passionate, you’ll relish this…’ Independent

‘So heartfelt, realistic and informative…Leimbach vividly portrays both overwhelming maternal love and the ins and outs of autism…’ Sunday Times

‘One of the most enchanting and gripping books of the year…Leimbach knows how to engage her readers completely.’ Daily Mail

‘Tender, involving tale of a family in crisis.’ Woman and Home

‘Never bleak, this inspiring read sheds light on the often misunderstood condition.’ The Works Magazine

‘Powerful and moving, and also surprisingly funny. A love story in every sense.’ Deborah Moggach

‘I adored “Daniel isn't Talking”. I was riveted, engrossed – all those wonderful things one hopes for when opening a book. I thought her portrayal of a mother facing unbelievable hardships was very real and gripping.’ Anita Shreve

'Marti Leimbach's terrific novel manages to be both realistic and upbeat about a difficult subject and is
shot through with wonderful moments of humour.' Kate Long author of ‘The Bad Mother's Handbook’

Joanne Harris

'She handles the problem of the autistic child beautifully and I was thoroughly engrossed until the last page.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 611 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307275728
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002URYQ4W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #288,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One of the (rare) books on autism which as a parent didn't freak me out, make me feel guilty for not doing enough, bore me to death, scare me silly, or made me wish I'd studied chemistry more at school. If you have a child with autism, get this book, grab a glass of wine or a bar of chocolate, wait until kiddo is asleep, jump in the bath, and chill with this book. Feel you have a friend to talk to who understands. Especially good for when Hubby doesn't want to talk about autism. I read somewhere that Marti said she never thought she'd write a book like this one. I am very glad she did. She describes my experience, as a parent of a child with autism, perfectly. I mention "Let me hear your voice". I wish I'd got this book first. I know Catherine Maurice is a heroine, a giant of autism. But the love for Daniel shines out of this book more for me, it gave me hope, many professionals are so quick to write off your child because "we don't want to raise your hopes", I'd rather have hope than despair and I know my lovely little boy wants that too for us all too. And Marti was brave enough to state that her writing came from her personal journey which I respect enormously.
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Great book written by an old friend. So applicable to our understanding of today's children's needs.
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Being the mother of a child with ASD I have read many books on the subject. This was a refreshing change to read something that was fictional but based on fact. The author knows her stuff and to have a book based on autism written as a story as opposed to long winded facts was a blessing and at times funny. Recommended, love this book, enough to write my first review!
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There are certain novels that stay with you forever, Daniel Isn't Talking is one of them. You cannot help but be swept up in the energy of the book's narrator, a young mother named Melanie who is fighting first to figure out what is wrong with her child (who is autistic), and then to get him help.
The novel dramatizes the decline of Melanie's marriage and the blossoming of a love affair between her and the man who eventually shows her how to teach Daniel to talk and learn. You feel every ounce of Melanie's ambivalence in the face of this unexpected love affair. The relationship between her and the child's teacher is so complex and so interesting, and it reminds us of something we often forget about parents of disabled children: how young they are, how vulnerable, how desperately they, themselves, need to be loved while they pour out their love for their children.
The author's portrayal of autism in a child is absolutely spot on. Daniel is seen as a child who can grow and develop, not as a kind of robot or savant, as is so often the case in portrayals of autistic people.
I cannot praise this novel enough. It is sad at times, yes, but it is also unbelievably funny in places (Melanie's brother will make you laugh out loud) and Marti Leimbach is just such an excellent writer. I am hoping for a sequel!
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I have a son with difficulties (although none as severe as Daniel) and I found it so easy to empathise with the parents in this story. A mother who has to fight everyone to get her son the help he needs and a father who can't handle the thought of a handicapped son. A great story.
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I was unable to put this book down. I was immediately drawn into how the main character, Melanie, met her husband who appears to be so opposite to her, then engrossed by how their marriage falters and how, in different ways, they try to cope with what is happening.
Melanie is a fetching heroine, immediately likeable and engaging. She manages to be both funny and terrifically insightful and smart about her difficult predicament. I liked how Andy, the man who teaches her how to teach Daniel, seems to love her in a more genuine and honest way than her husband ever did, and how she responds to him tentatively and never without consideration for her children and what is best for them. It seemed so real, so much like what might truly happen.
When Daniel begins to respond to Melanie's intense efforts to help him communicate, I cheered as though it were my own child. And when she found him difficult I felt that pain, too. The attention to the impact on Daniel's sister is also very real. There is an honesty in this book that lifts it well above simple entertainment. I feel changed by reading it.
This is a book about complicated people leading even more complicated lives. The insights into the relationship between men and women, into the impact of every kind of prejudice in people's lives, not to mention the energy of the writing itself, make Daniel Isn't Talking one of the best books I've read.
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I read this book in 2 days. I have two sons with Asperger Syndrome and this book brought me to tears of joy and despair. I could fully understand what the characters were going through. I've read reviews that say this book over dramatises the position with obtaining support and assistance for special needs children, especially those with an autistic spectrum disorder. It is difficult - it is a never-ending battle. I fought for 6 years just to get a diagnosis for my eldest son and when I finally got it I was told that his condition was so classic I should have received the diagnosis years ago.
Marti Leimbach describes the difficulties faced by parents of all special needs children in a clear and concise way and highlights the fact that many parents would rather bankrupt themselves than wait for their local authority to finally provide the help and support needed. She also highlights the strain a diagnosis of an autistic spectrum disorder can have on family life.
I think everyone who has anything at all to do with a child (or an adult) with autism should read this book. Parents will receive some comfort and, hopefully, professionals will begin to understand how hard it is for the parents as well as the children.
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