"A Meaning for Danny" by Brigid Marlin was very interesting to say the least.
The author, Brigid Marlin, not only told the story of her eldest son "Danny" and his terrible health afflictions but she also showcased the effect one child's illness can have on the rest of his family.
This story, as told by a distraught mother, details her interaction with a non-understanding husband, the educational system, a myriad of health professionals and their differing opinons and the public in general, was enough to make a "normal" person wish to escape in any way they can.
No one would ever wish to have to walk even one day in her shoes but sadly, there are many families around our world who have this same or similar problem to deal with.
May God bless and keep them, they certainly need it.
Would I recommend this book to others? YES, and I already have.
Brigid Marlin is the daughter of Hilda van Stockum, the celebrated author and illustrator of books for children and young adults. She is divorced and had three sons, the eldest of whom died in 1979 and is the subject of A Meaning for Danny. She previously wrote and published another book about her life, From East to West: Awakening to a Spiritual Search, and recently co-authored a third book, The Box House, which is also based on events in Ms. Marlin's life and will soon be published.
Brigid Marlin's poignant and engaging book is the story of both her son's lifelong struggles with Asperger's syndrome, depression and isolation, and her own struggles as a mother, trying to help her son and make sense of his suffering.
"A Meaning for Danny"
by Brigid Marlin
Infinity Publishing, 2012
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