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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (370 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Priscilla Gilman Narrator: Priscilla Gilman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9780061994005
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TheAnti-Romantic Child is remarkable. This haunting and lyrical memoir will bean invaluable and heartening guide to all who find themselves in similarsituations and indeed anyone confronting an unforeseen challenge.” —MarieBrenner, writer for Vanity Fair andauthor of Apples and Oranges
 
With an emotionally resonant combination of memoirand literature, Wordsworth scholar Priscilla Gilman recounts the challenges ofraising a son with hyperlexia, a developmentaldisorder neurologically counterpoint to dyslexia. Gilman explores thecomplexities of our hopes and expectations for our children and ourselves. Withluminous prose and a searing, personal story evocative of A Year of MagicalThinking and A Year of Reading Proust, Gilman’s The Anti-RomanticChild is an unforgettable exploration of what happens when we lean toembrace the unexpected.   Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Priscilla Gilman’s lyrical narrative is profoundly moving and ultimately joyous. It eloquently touches the universal.” 

    Harold Bloom

  • “Unforgettable…I couldn’t put this book down.” 

    Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project

  • “A riveting and original book about love.” 

    Ann Beattie

  • “Anti-Romantic Child is a profoundly moving book I could hardly bear to read it. It is so riveting I couldn’t stop. It is rich, informative, and gorgeously written.” 

    Andre Gregory, theatre director, writer, and star of My Dinner with Andre

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Younkin | 2/12/2014

    " Compelling story of a parent's struggle with her special needs child, framed around the poetry of Wordsworth. Beautiful use of language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 2/10/2014

    " I am actually not sure who I would recommend this book to. I think people who would be interested in a memoir about raising a special-needs child, especially in a milieu of super-high-intellectual-achieving individuals, would be rather put off by Gilman's unique take and tone. On one hand I totally "get" where she's going by weaving her own private passion for Wordsworth and Romantic poetry and ideals into her decidedly unromantic "real" life full of struggle and frustration and misery and shame. I get it. I just don't think it's necessarily fully successful. I understand that Gilman was raised in a real bubble of East Coast/New England/boarding school/prep school/Yale/graduate school/academic life, and I think she sort of makes a big deal out of "leaving" that life behind, but that life really bleeds into her sometimes arch, sometimes willfully naive writing style, and it grates. I think she has something interesting to say about living in a certain kind of world, and being the first person in her family to have a child of her own, both of which contribute to the "slowness" of Gilman and then the rest of her family to even realize something is truly wrong with her son. Some quibbles--being on the "other side of the table", so to speak, in having worked many years in special education with younger children, her attitude toward educational institutions that are actually trying to help her son is sometimes very frustrating. It's interesting to think that on one hand Gilman had lived her whole life in this precious bubble, and explores her struggle to burst that bubble (and the pain in doing so), yet she actually tries hard to wrap her own child in a similar bubble where the entire world is supposed to magically rework itself all to the needs and comfort of her child. Also, it must be said, sometimes what's fascinating and adorable to parents appears rather unpleasant and spoiled to "outsiders". Ahem. Anyway--it's a lyrically written book, covering a very difficult subject from a unique point of view, but doesn't quite completely jell together as a whole. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 1/28/2014

    " This book struck close. In many ways a mirror account of my wife's and my experience in raising our Asperger's son. It's made me crack my Wordsworth anthology again, rereading his poetry with a whole new perspective. A beautiful, eloquent, POETIC exploration on love, loss and acceptance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline Lawrence | 1/23/2014

    " Utterly gripping true-life story of an Ivy League poetry professor whose first born turns her life upside down. Gripping, inspiring and lyrical, I couldn't put this down an had to read into the wee hours. Especially encouraging for any parent of a child on the autism spectrum, but anyone interested in psychology, education or poetry will love it, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/8/2014

    " Would give it 3 1/2 stars if I could. It was ok. Some parts better than others. Saw many similarities with my son who is now 22. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marge | 12/20/2013

    " This is a wonderfully written story about a mother's dreams for her child, that are changed when the boy has a very difficult time with social interaction. The book consists of telling how his first few years were filled with therapy and a diagnosis that puts him in the autistic spectrum. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Haughton | 12/9/2013

    " A wonderful read for any parent who has needed to love a child who didn't match their fantasy--in other words, all parents! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzy | 12/6/2013

    " Every parent and educator must read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dustie | 6/18/2013

    " I won this book in a good reads giveaway and i loved loved loved its honesty and tenderness. It referenced Wordsworth's literature. This book has substance and is a TRUE love story,, if you're looking for something inspiring this is the book for you!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 7/17/2012

    " In depth and complete description of raising a child with hyperlexia - a rare disorder found on the austism spectrum. I really thought her telling of the story was spot on - I could really empathize with her emotions, reactions and decisions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Woolly1 | 12/21/2011

    " Read in a day, I loved the narrative but got annoyed by the Wordsworth by the end. Still, the storytelling is beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 7/18/2011

    " Went to hear Ms. Gilman speak at Keene State. She is a delight, as is her honest and ultimately joyous memoir! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody Phillips | 7/7/2011

    " This tender and kind memoir, full of meaningful poetry, resonates with me. Ms. Gilman's love for her son was palatable. I think every mother should read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andria | 6/18/2011

    " This is a beautifully written account of the love a parent feels for their child- special needs or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 4/25/2011

    " I would like to thank the team at Goodreads for giving this book to me. I was very excited when i received it and it has met my expectations. Great Book. Thanks!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marge | 4/4/2011

    " This is a wonderfully written story about a mother's dreams for her child, that are changed when the boy has a very difficult time with social interaction. The book consists of telling how his first few years were filled with therapy and a diagnosis that puts him in the autistic spectrum. "

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About the Author
Author Priscilla Gilman

Priscilla Gilman grew up in New York City and is a former professor of English literature at Yale University and Vassar College. She has taught poetry appreciation to inmates in a restorative justice program and to New York City public school students. The Anti-Romantic Child, her first book, was excerpted in Newsweek magazine and featured on the cover of its international edition; it was an NPR Morning Edition Must-Read, Slate's Book of the Week, and selected as one the Best Books of 2011 by the Leonard Lopate Show. Gilman writes regularly for publications including the Daily Beast, the New York Times, and the Huffington Post, speaks frequently at schools, conferences, and organizations about parenting, education, and the arts, and is a Scholar/Facilitator for the New York Council for the Humanities. She lives in New York City with her family. The Anti-Romantic Child has been nominated for a Books for a Better Life Award for Best First Book.