Responding to a dearth of literary writing on disability, Suzanne Kamata gathers parents' perspectives at various stages in the lives of children with mental or physical difficulties. In these real and fictional stories, families cope with autism, deafness, retardation, muscular dystrophy, and more, laying bare the moments of rage, disappointment, and guilt that can color their relationships. Parent/child communication is a challenge at the best of times, but here we see the epic struggles and triumphs of those who speak their own language—or don't speak at all—and those who love them.
Hannah gives an overview of the book:
Hannah Holborn is the author of FIERCE (McClelland & Stewart, pre-order now, available December, 30, 2008).
Fragile and resilient--the characters in the nine stories and novella in Fierce are equal parts both. They are rootless, reckless,...
The best stories may be short, but never small; in fact, the ones that move us most deeply embody whole worlds. Such is true of the tough tales in Fierce, the debut collection by British Columbia's Hannah...