216 pages, 3.15 × 2.18 × 0.17 in
March 30, 2009
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0978417984
ISBN - 13: 9780978417987
From the Jacket
__As I watched from the darkness of the audience, I remembered the violin teacher some four or five years earlier who had told me she thought he was musically gifted_Two minutes later it was all just a memory. I looked over at my husband who had the bewildered look of a man who_s just witnessed something completely unexpected. _My God,_ he said, _he_s a dancer._ From his lips to God_s ear _ and how God must have laughed. This was no surprise to God__ _and just that quickly author PJ Parsons became a ballet mom and the journey through the landscape of the elite ballet world _ always as an outsider _ began. When she left her son all those miles from home at Canada_s National Ballet School at the age of eleven, she was unprepared for this journey that eventually taught her important lessons about preparing a child for his own path. This memoir is her story.
About the Author
I_ve been writing professionally since the publication of my first book in 1988 by the now-defunct Toronto publisher NC Press. A trade book on the ethics and politics of organ transplantation, that book melded my two backgrounds: health sciences and writing. Since that time, I_ve published a variety of works in several different styles including news and feature writing, several more trade books, several business books and two text/reference books, as well as online course scripts for both Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, NS where I teach corporate communications and public relations, and the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia. In addition to NC Press, my book-length works have been published by Doubleday Canada, Wall and Emerson Inc., and the University of Toronto Press in Canada, Health Administration Press and Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates in the US and Kogan Page in the UK. All of this qualifies me as a writer. However, what qualifies me as a ballet mom is that I am one _ but more than that. From the perspective of marketing this book, I_m connected to the ballet world and the arts community across Canada in a variety of ways. I am an accomplished speaker and present regularly to professional and lay groups. I have considerable media experience both as an expert interviewee (PR ethics for example), as part of past book promotions and as the spokesperson for organizations I have represented. I have done television and radio interviews (
From the Author
A Different _Pointe_ of View is a memoir. It is a parent_s memoir, a mom_s memoir. Unlike most memoirs by mothers, it is not an inspiring book about coping with a child with serious mental and/or physical limitations. By contrast it is a memoir about parenting a child whose potential soars _ and in a different direction than that of his parents! My purpose then, is two-fold: to inform and to entertain. First, parents may find inspiration to help their children find their dreams and to nurture those dreams, whatever they may be. Second, it serves to answer all those questions that people have about the peculiar life of a long-distance parent of a child in an elite ballet school. As a side benefit, I hope this book will give all parents some insight into what it_s like to live with a child whose dreams are very different from their own _ or from what they might have imagined for their children. It_s one thing to be a hockey fan and to raise a son or daughter who seems to be interested in the game. It_s quite another issue to find that your child_s dream is very unexpected. Perhaps it will also help those offspring who felt as if they were from a different world than their parents to understand better what their parents might have felt.
"As I began to read this book, it brought back a flood of memories from my own earliest experiences of the ballet world...and I realized my mother would enjoy this.. as would other mothers_" - Frank Augustyn, former Principal Dancer, National Ballet of Canada.