When Tom Fields-Meyer’s son Ezra was three and showing early signs of autism, a therapist suggested that the father needed to grieve.
“For what?” Tom asked.
The answer: “For the child he didn't turn out to be.”
That moment helped strengthen the author’s resolve to do just the opposite: to love the child Ezra was, a quirky boy with a fascinating and complex mind. Full of tender moments and unexpected humor, Following Ezra is the story of a father and son on a ten-year journey from Ezra’s diagnosis to the dawn of his adolescence. It celebrates his growth from a toddler to an extraordinary young man, connected in his own remarkable ways to the world around him. And through Ezra’s eyes, Tom—and, in turn, the reader—gains a new and beautiful understanding of the world.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of Contents
Prologue: Following Ezra 1
Chapter 1 He's Gone 5
Chapter 2 A Different Mind 24
Chapter 3 Lots of Little Fears 39
Chapter 4 The Boy Who Shouted 56
Chapter 5 Finding My Son at the Zoo 69
Chapter 6 The Reader 81
Chapter 7 Gumby, Cheerios, and Red T-shirts 95
Chapter 8 Typing Lessons 114
Chapter 9 I Just Know 126
Chapter 10 Chasing Elmo 145
Chapter 11 Is Your Dog Friendly? 162
Chapter 12 Right and Wrong, Death and God 175
Chapter 13 Three Questions 190
Chapter 14 Remembering the Future 207
Epilogue: Back in My Brain 236
What People are Saying About This
"Anyone who is raising a child with special needs should read Following Ezra. It shows how warmth and humoryes, humorcan help not just the child, but the family, more than most of us could ever imagine."
"Following Ezra is an unsentimental, beautifully written memoir about a boy whose limitations and gifts are as extraordinary as his impact on the reader's life. Like Ezra himself, this book is by turns funny, painful, poignant and scrupulously honest."
"When Tom Fields-Meyer's son Ezra was diagnosed with autism, the author decided to forego mourning for the child who might have been, and concentrate instead on the delightful kid he had. Following Ezra is at once a meticulous description of what it is to parent a child who has autism, and a salute to the kid whose mind takes both of them to mysterious, profound, and silly places we so-called typical adults can scarcely imagine."—Carolyn See, author of Making a Literary Life, and grandmother of a child with autism
"I trust the parent who yields to wonder and celebrates the unexpected. Love is the river that runs through this book. Dignity and grace light each page."