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A father, trying to understand both his autistic son and himself, pens a truthful and heartfelt memoir encompassing their conversations, adventures, struggles, and achievements.

With great love and profound wonder, Halfdan W. Freihow describes his complex relationship with his youngest son, Gabriel, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Though their relationship...
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Overview

A father, trying to understand both his autistic son and himself, pens a truthful and heartfelt memoir encompassing their conversations, adventures, struggles, and achievements.

With great love and profound wonder, Halfdan W. Freihow describes his complex relationship with his youngest son, Gabriel, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Though their relationship is sometimes fraught with frustration and misunderstanding, it endures and flourishes with parental pride, and ultimately, unconditional love.

Taking the form of a personal letter, and set against the haunting yet beautiful coastal landscape in which the family lives, Freihow’s intimate tale evokes a rich sense of childhood magic. A tender and brutally honest testament to love and the power of family, Dear Gabriel reaches out to all parents as they try to understand and nurture their children, regardless of any obstacles that may stand in their way.
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The austere, windswept landscape of a Norwegian island provides the backdrop for this poetic memoir-nominated for the Brage Prize in its author's native Norway-chronicling the love between a father and his autistic son. Journalist Freihow, in his first book, writes movingly of his family's day-to-day experiences working to help Gabriel overcome his social and intellectual challenges, giving readers a vivid, detailed glimpse into the condition and its effects. For example, Gabriel has a large vocabulary and is an avid reader, but has difficulty understanding ambiguity or metaphor; to the literal-minded boy, it seems an ignorant misuse of language. Over time, Freihow learns to interpret his son's distress over figures of speech, and Gabriel comes to understand and accept other people's imprecision; throughout, Freihow's meditations (directed, in the second person, at his son) capture how love and acceptance can trump language when it misleads and mistreats. Freihow's honest description of their relationship, carefully balancing frustration, apprehension and at times terrifying insecurity ("A moment later I'm there, sitting with you and holding you tight against my chest, not knowing what to say or do") with joy and triumph, will prove particularly valuable for families touched by autism, but anyone interested in an intimate, finely crafted family memoir will find this hard to put down. (Aug.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596922495
  • Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Halfdan W. Freihow was born in Mexico and grew up in Madrid, Brussels, and Oslo. A former newspaper, radio, and television journalist and a veteran of the publishing industry, he founded his own publishing house, Font Forlag, in 2005. He lives with his family on an island off the west coast of Norway. Dear Gabriel is his first book and was nominated for the Brage Prize, the most prestigious literary award in Norway.

Robert Ferguson is a renowned translator of Scandinavian literature. He has also written biographies of Nobel Prize–winning author Knut Hamsun, author Henry Miller, and playwright Henrik Ibsen.
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