A Sister's Flight From Family and A Broken Boy

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"A poignant, unflinching memoir of the emotional intricacies of growing up with a severely disabled sibling. Margaret Combs shows how her Southern Baptist family coped with the lived reality of autism in an era of ignorance and shame, the 1950s through the 1970s, and shares her own tragedy and anguish of being torn between helping her brother and yearning for her own life. Initially fueled by a wish that her brother had never been born, the author eventually arrives to a deeper place of gratitude for this same brother, whom she loves and who loves her in return"--
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, 2017
ISBN: 9781510715318
Branch Call Number: 618.92858 C7337C 2017
Characteristics: x, 274 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 09, 2017

This memoir provides lyrical yet honest insights into the effects on a family of the birth of an autistic boy. Ms. Combs writes about tragic ways that her brother’s severe disability tears at her desire to have a “normal” family life, but at the same time exposes her enduring love for her brother. This is a book for anyone interested in autism and how it affects family relationships. But it is also a compelling story about a young woman’s life passages that you won’t want to put down.


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