If I Could Tell You: A Novel

If I Could Tell You: A Novel

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by Hannah Brown
     
 

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Anne. Talia. Ruthie. Brett. Four very different New York women. But when their children are diagnosed with autism, they all find themselves struggling with the same problem. Suddenly, these women – an ex-model who owns a downtown bar, a high-powered magazine editor, an English professor, and a physical therapist – find that they need each other, as they

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Anne. Talia. Ruthie. Brett. Four very different New York women. But when their children are diagnosed with autism, they all find themselves struggling with the same problem. Suddenly, these women – an ex-model who owns a downtown bar, a high-powered magazine editor, an English professor, and a physical therapist – find that they need each other, as they face the ultimate challenge for any parent: How to help their autistic children get the care they need.  But as women, they struggle with another daunting task: How to keep their marriages alive and not find themselves on the wrong side of a frightening statistic —Eighty percent of the parents of autistic children divorce.  They join together in a support group, and each chapter follows a month in their lives and ends with a meeting.

It's a rocky road, as they contend with other problems: Quacks peddling expensive alternative therapies – and hope; husbands impatient with their children's disability; other women only too happy to take advantage of the pressures on their marriages; older children diagnosed with autism years ago; newborn babies who have a one-in-five chance of suffering from the disorder; scheming co-workers who try to turn this problem to their advantage; grandparents who are anything but helpful; and resentful teens who run wild while their mothers cope with the crisis. And through it all, they help each other – with strength, humor, love and wisdom.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936467266
Publisher:
Vantage Press, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,412,946
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Hannah Brown is the movie critic for the Jerusalem Post. Born and raised in New York City, she was a movie critic at the New York Post. Her short fiction has appeared in Commentary, the Jerusalem Post magazine and Short Story Quarterly. Two of her short stories were included in the anthology, Israel Short Stories, published by Ang-Lit. Press in Tel Aviv in February 2011. She has published articles, essays and reviews for Newsweek, New York, the Forward and the Jerusalem Report. She hosted a weekly radio show about movies on the RAM FM station, which broadcast from Jerusalem and Ramallah. She lives with her two sons in Jerusalem.

  

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If I Could Tell You: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT book
Whit-WhitWC More than 1 year ago
A very moving, wonderful and enlightening book.
GreatBooks1WowEC More than 1 year ago
OH WOW. This is a very touch book. It has a juicy plot, like a soap opera in some ways, but very deep and powerful on the emotional level. Autism is such a varied and mysterious thing and we all experience it so differently. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful novel about 4 moms with autistic children. Fascinating and realistic but also a true page-turning story!