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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:
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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!


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

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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