Tiltby Elizabeth Burns
Bridget Fox's life is full of blessings, including her husband Pierce, a talented sculptor, and her two delightful daughters.
Which could also be the same as saying everything's impossible in this family. It's the tightrope I walk between the Irish knowledge that cookies always crumble, and the Midwestern fact that a sunny disposition can get you anywhere...
Bridget Fox's life is full of blessings, including her husband Pierce, a talented sculptor, and her two delightful daughters. But her elder daughter, Maeve, doesn't seem to be developing the way she's supposed to. She doesn't respond when she's called. She doesn't like to be touched, and the slightest disturbance sends her into a frenzy. Suddenly Bridget, who has plenty of experience with travel and art and sophisticated pleasures, is facing challenges she's never imagined. And as she copes with loss, change, and uncertainty-sometimes with nothing to hold on to but Maeve, and her sense of humor- she begins to find a strength she's never imagined...
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Meet the Author
Elizabeth Burns is an award-winning poet. She has won the Academy of American Poets Award, the Foley Award, the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Writing and the Lenore Marshall Award for Prose and for Poetry as well. Elizabeth teaches writing, women's studies and writing seminars in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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I was so captured by this book. I had a hard time putting it down. My son has Autism and I could relate to the mother in the story. The emotions were so touching and realistic. It pulled at my heart and made me remember feelings that I have had throughout my journey of understanding. Wonderful read!!
This was an amazing story of how one woman dealt with keeping her sanity in an extraordinary situation. Burns' writing made me feel exactly what Bridget, the main character, was feeling. It was a very emotional read but left me satisfied in the end, feeling certain that all of the characters would be alright. I read it in less than two days and would recommend it to anyone looking for a cathartic read. Enjoy!
Burns has a beautiful style of writing that loops the reader gracefully through the story. Her style is clean, lyrical, and neatly paints a picture and emotion that is intrinsically, and instantly multlayered and/or multidimensional. I'm not one with a psychology background, nor am I a mother yet - but the story sheds a warm light to the human heart; the desires and conflicts that we all deny about ourselves, but must accept... It's a very rich book. It's a book that leaves you wondering about the characters in the story - after it's over... You miss the narrator as a friend, and wonder if she is well...
This book is an extremely moving portrayal of a woman's struggle with her own sanity while attempting to keep her family intact. The author has captured the essence of what it is like for people who struggle with their own mental health while attempting to heal those around them. Although it would seem that this subject would create a very depressing story, we are instead deeply moved by the courage shown by this woman and her family, and we are given a sense of hope for their future together. This book should be read by every professional healer who wants to understand the emotional struggle of a family with a special needs child. I plan to read this well written narrative again and again. Bravo, Ms. Burns, for telling this powerful story of a family's courage. I look forward to reading your future work.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who is interested in how mental & emotional disablitited affect loved ones. The author's writing keeps you moving through the pages. Instead of being depressed by the character's life, I found myself impressed by her strength and patience. I plan to read it again soon.