The story of Autism may or may not be familiar depending upon which side of the Autism “Fence” you sit. What you read may leave you feeling more alone than not. Many times, your readings may be either entirely informational, statistically based, factual and void of the emotions that intertwine within a diagnosis that, for the most part, is seemingly void of emotion…ironic.
Throughout many of the books I’ve read, I’ve yearned for something different. A reading that I could connect with, a connection with a life similar to mine; even if it were different, it would still be…similar…special. Sunshine and flowers is not what I was looking for, though it’s what we get many times. Reality. Raw. The issues facing families with special needs, with Autism, without the constant tears. That’s what I’ve been looking for.
As much as we can feel alone…I want to relate. I want a book I read to be easy to fall into it…to feel like a friend is telling me a story.
Kerry Cohen is the author of “Seeing Ezra”, a memoir of a mother’s love for her son with Autism. While following her journey, she describes and explores her marriage, an affair and what it means to be “normal”…to settle into a ‘new’ “normal”. The talks of the inner struggles we all have, the feeling of being lost and trying to be ‘found’ and the lengths we will go to help our children…and the impacts of that intense focus.
I loved this book. It’s not about agreement in choices, it’s about the commonality that we have as people, individuals..women, men, married couples, single parents facing the diagnosis, therapy and prognosis of our children with Autism. It is for that reason I can recommend this book to you. Just as a blog brings you closer to the reader, to the struggle that is your own and unable to put thoughts to writing, “Seeing Ezra” by Kerry Cohen does that. It furthers the connection we all need; the imperfections are displayed for all to see, the imperfections we all have. Kerry Cohen is inspirational in her “…story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal”.
About The Author:
Kerry Cohen is the award-winning author of six books, including “Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity”. Her essays have been featured in the “The New York Times Modern Love” series. The Washington Post, McSweeney’s Brevity, and numerous other journals and anthologies. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at www.Kerry-Cohen.com.
I received a complimentary copy of “Seeing Ezra” to read and review. My opinions are 100% my own. No other compensation has been received nor promised.