Daniel Isn't Talking

Daniel Isn't Talking

by Marti Leimbach
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Daniel Isn't Talking by Marti Leimbach

A fearless, unsentimental novel about a mother’s devotion to her autistic child, by the bestselling author of Dying Young. Simultaneous international publication.

Smart, resilient, engaged with the world, Melanie Marsh has already weathered the suicide of her father, the death of her mother, and the loss of her lover, but she has not lost the thrill of adventure or her wry sense of humour. When she comes to England to study, Melanie meets Stephen, a financial analyst, and is drawn immediately to his strong presence. Marriage and family quickly follow, as well as a certain happiness, until Melanie’s worst suspicions are confirmed about their three-year-old son, Daniel. Daniel has autism and the prognosis is grim. Frustrated by the limits of the medical system, Melanie takes Daniel’s care into her own hands and devotes all she has to working with him. Her marriage soon begins to falter and Stephen eventually turns to a former lover. It is at about this time that she seeks out Andy O’Connor, an alternative therapist whose controversial approach to autism she’s heard something about. It is Andy’s creativity, his patience and caring, that enable her son’s progress, and for the first time, hope, in many forms, takes root.

Passionate, moving, heartbreakingly real, Marti Leimbach’s new novel reveals a mother’s desperation and the capacities of love, demonstrating once again Leimbach’s gift for storytelling and for portraying characters we come to care deeply about.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780771052033
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
Publication date: 05/08/2007
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Marti Leimbach is the author of several novels, including the international and New York Times bestseller Dying Young, which was made into a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts. Born in Washington, D.C., she currently lives outside London, England, with her husband and two children, one of whom is autistic. She teaches at Oxford University’s Creative Writing Program.

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Daniel Isn't Talking 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
sdskier More than 1 year ago
The author obviously researched autism. The descriptions of the child with autism were accurate and believable. The emotions the parents expressed were also realistic.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Vaccines don’t cause autism. Unorthodox ideas don’t cure it. But autistic kids are real individuals with real families, and Marti Leimback’s novel convincingly evokes that reality with engaging humor and enthralling detail. The only way I knew this book was fiction, in fact, was from the way those details drew me to share the protagonist’s life rather than just hearing about it. An American woman living in England, Melanie feels that slight detachment from reality familiar to expats everywhere. A fracturing marriage adds to the separation of real life from intended dreams. But her autistic child is even more detached, and Melanie fights to get the right treatment for him—treatment that might work—running the gamut of “was it the vaccine?” “will goat’s milk help?” and “please don’t lock him away in a school for no-hopers.” Daniel isn't Talking isn't a personal experience story or a self-help book. In fact, it would probably be risky to use it for self-help as, among other things, it honestly explores the doubts a mother might have about the vaccines and the prognoses given her child. But it's an enthralling novel, filled with memorably characters, humor, pathos and hope. Its miracles are those small miracles of real life, and its message offers a hope worth pursuing, for mothers, wives, carers and children alike. Disclosure: I picked it up at a book exchange because I have a relative with autism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a great inside look into a family with a Autistic child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an okay story. I just I wish I had known it was fiction. There are so many inspiring true stories, why bother with fiction?
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joyryan More than 1 year ago
I am the mother of an autistic son and was feeling very alone and isolated. When I read "Daniel Isn't Talking" I felt like I was reading my own life story. It is so beautifully written and tells such a true and realistic story of a family who is dealing with the reality of raising a child with autism. It was real and heartwarming. I would STRONGLY recommend it to any mother who is struggling with her feelings of having a child on the autistic spectrum. It will help you to realize that you are not alone in this and your feelings are real and valid. I have also given this book as a gift to anyone in my life who I wanted to understand me, my son and my situation a little bit better. I have also given it to all of my son's wonderful teachers so that they are able to see the situation from the mother's perspective.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Daniel isn¿t talking , Melanie and Stephen have two children Emily who is fore years old and Daniel who is three years old who likes to play and is full of joy. Daniel on the other hand cries uncontrolled and is not cooperative. Living off biscuits and sweets. By the age of three he still hasn¿t spoken. Melanie very nervous and scared about Daniels behavior. Her husband Stephan believes that Melanie protects and is over reacting about Daniel. Melanie believes Daniel has a serious problem, and Daniels doctor diagnoses him with autism, Melanie is crushed. She thought by the age of three there would have been more warning signs and that he would have been diagnosed at birth .He husband wants to send Daniel to a special school with other children like him. Melanie believes that he is better off at home. and Melanie Stephan become distant and argue a lot. Melanie has to accept the fact that Daniel will never be the same as children his age, unable to do things like feeding and dressing himself. As you read ¿Daniel isn¿t talking¿ you will think to your self what would I do in Melanie position? I would recommend reading Daniel isn¿t talking if you have or know a child with autism, also if you are interested in family life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am getting my degree in special education and after reading this book and the one by Jenny McCarthy I know I picked the right field. Parents like these who are willing to do and try anything to save there children have a space waiting for them in heaven.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love children or are a parent, you will be touched by this book. I cried at the struggles and pains Melanie faced. My children aren't autistic, but this book touched me. I think any mother of an autistic child will especially be touched too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day. I could not put it down and found myself reading it while eating, loading the dishwasher, and yes, vacuuming! It is written with tenderness and compassion, humor and great sensitivity. I am not the mother of an autistic child, but I share the author's wonderful insights to motherhood. She put into words what I have felt. A beautiful book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS NOVEL IS SIMPLY TOUCHING!WHEN YOU FINISH READING THIS NOVEL YOU WILL LOVE DANIEL&HIS HIS CARING FAMILY!THIS IS A NOVEL THAT WILL STAY IN YOUR HEART LONG AFTER YOU FINISH READING IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful novel full of hope, laughter and love. You cannot put the book down and you cannot stop yourself from becoming thoroughly involved in its cast of unusual and totally real characters. It is intimate, imaginative, incredibly sad in places but overwhelmingly positive in its message about the power of love over even the most chilling of situations. I particularly liked Melanie's lover (though her husband was awful) and her best friend, Veena, who probably deserves her own novel, too! A thoroughly engrossing, powerful novel -- I recommend it very highly!