What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love From His Extraordinary Son
A heartwarming, intimate and amusing memoir of a father's experience raising his autistic son.
When Tom Fields-Meyer's son Ezra was three and showing early signs of autism, a therapist suggested that the father needed to grieve.
--Rabbi Naomi Levy, author of To Begin Again and Hope Will Find You
"A riveting account of raising one special boy, Following Ezra is a powerful story for parents of any child. This inspiring book shows us that seeing meaning and depth in our children's idiosyncrasies is crucial to raising strong, secure and resilient kids. Tom Fields-Meyer has written a beautiful, funny, tender book."
--Michael Gurian, New York Times bestselling author of The Wonder of Boys
"Anyone who is raising a child with special needs should read Following Ezra. It shows how warmth and humor--yes, humor--can help not just the child, but the family, more than most of us could ever imagine."
--James Patterson, New York Times bestselling author
"The moving, fascinating story of a father's journey toward understanding and hope."
--Daniel Tammet, New York Times bestselling author of Born on a Blue Day
"Following Ezra is an unsentimental, beautifully written memoir about a boy whose limitations and gifts are as extraordinary as his impact on the reader's life. Like Ezra himself, this book is by turns funny, painful, poignant and scrupulously honest."
--Rabbi David J. Wolpe, author of Why Faith Matters
"I trust the parent who yields to wonder and celebrates the unexpected. Love is the river that runs through this book. Dignity and grace light each page."
--Beth Kephart, National Book Award finalist for A Slant of Sun, and author of Undercover
"When Tom Fields-Meyer's son Ezra was diagnosed with autism, the author decided to forego mourning for the child who might have been, and concentrate instead on the delightful kid he had. Following Ezra is at once a meticulous description of what it is to parent a child who has autism, and a salute to the kid whose mind takes both of them to mysterious, profound, and silly places we so-called typical adults can scarcely imagine."
--Carolyn See, author of Making a Literary Life, and grandmother of a child with autism
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