Daniel Isn't Talking

Daniel Isn't Talking

Book - 2006
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A young mother is determined to help her three-year-old autistic son become as "normal" as possible, even as it begins to destroy her resolute optimism and brings her unsteady marriage to an end.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2006.
ISBN: 9780771052026
Characteristics: 275 p.


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Aug 14, 2013

Inspirational and beautiful! This novel shows what unconditional love truly means.

Feb 22, 2012

The writing is competent and the relationships ring true, except for one character who seems a bit too good to be true. The real value of this novel is to explain the emotional wallop a special-needs diagnosis for a child has on his/her parents. Ms. Leimbach has done a stunning job of conveying the emotional impact of discovering you have an autistic child, the subsequent feelings of isolation, and the parents' need to educate themselves in order to advocate for their child. I look forward to future novels from this author.

Oct 29, 2011

Leimbach is a gifted writer and the first chapters of Daniel Isn't Talking are excellent. She really captures the mother's despair and resulting depression.

Unfortunately as the book progresses, all of the characters prove to be stereotypical: the ultra-reserved British family, the husband in deep denial, the cold doctors who say the child will never progress.

Daniel Isn't Talking is well-meaning, but extremely unrealistic.

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