The Boy In The Moon: A Father's Search For His Disabled Son

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The Boy In The Moon: A Father's Search For His Disabled Son

by Ian Brown

Random House Of Canada | May 4, 2010 | Trade Paperback

The Boy In The Moon: A Father's Search For His Disabled Son is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
Walker Brown was born with a genetic mutation so rare that doctors call it an orphan syndrome: perhaps 300 people around the world also live with it. Walker turns twelve in 2008, but he weighs only 54 pounds, is still in diapers, can’t speak and needs to wear special cuffs on his arms so that he can’t continually hit himself. “Sometimes watching him,” Brown writes, “is like looking at the man in the moon – but you know there is actually no man there. But if Walker is so insubstantial, why does he feel so important? What is he trying to show me?”

In a book that owes its beginnings to Brown’s original Globe and Mail series, he sets out to answer that question, a journey that takes him into deeply touching and troubling territory. “All I really want to know is what goes on inside his off-shaped head,” he writes, “But every time I ask, he somehow persuades me to look into my own.”

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8 × 5.18 × 0.77 in

Published: May 4, 2010

Publisher: Random House Of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679310096

ISBN - 13: 9780679310099

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching, enlighting Ian Brown talks about a very difficult and heavy subject, taking care of a severly handicapped child and the demands on a family, in a beautiful and touching manner with tremendous love and sunshine nevertheless. To read...
Date published: 2014-03-03

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The Boy In The Moon: A Father's Search For His Disabled Son

The Boy In The Moon: A Father's Search For His Disabled Son

by Ian Brown

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8 × 5.18 × 0.77 in

Published: May 4, 2010

Publisher: Random House Of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679310096

ISBN - 13: 9780679310099

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OneFor the first eight years of Walker's life, every night is the same. The same routine of tiny details, connected in precise order, each mundane, each crucial.The routine makes the eight years seem long, almost endless, until I try to think about them afterwards, and then eight years evaporate to nothing, because nothing has changed.Tonight I wake up in the dark to a steady, motorized noise. Something wrong with the water heater. Nnngah. Pause. Nnngah. Nnngah.But it's not the water heater. It's my boy, Walker, grunting as he punches himself in the head, again and again.He has done this since before he was two. He was born with an impossibly rare genetic mutation, cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome, a technical name for a mash of symptoms. He is globally delayed and can't speak, so I never know what's wrong. No one does. There are just over a hundred people with CFC around the world. The disorder turns up randomly, a misfire that has no certain cause or roots; doctors call it an orphan syndrome because it seems to come from nowhere.I count the grunts as I pad my way into his room: one a second. To get him to stop hitting himself, I have to lure him back to sleep, which means taking him downstairs and making him a bottle and bringing him back into bed with me.That sounds simple enough, doesn' t it? But with Walker, everything is complicated. Because of his syndrome, he can' t eat solid food by mouth, or swallow easily. Because he can't eat, he takes in formula through the night vi
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Walker Brown was born with a genetic mutation so rare that doctors call it an orphan syndrome: perhaps 300 people around the world also live with it. Walker turns twelve in 2008, but he weighs only 54 pounds, is still in diapers, can’t speak and needs to wear special cuffs on his arms so that he can’t continually hit himself. “Sometimes watching him,” Brown writes, “is like looking at the man in the moon – but you know there is actually no man there. But if Walker is so insubstantial, why does he feel so important? What is he trying to show me?”

In a book that owes its beginnings to Brown’s original Globe and Mail series, he sets out to answer that question, a journey that takes him into deeply touching and troubling territory. “All I really want to know is what goes on inside his off-shaped head,” he writes, “But every time I ask, he somehow persuades me to look into my own.”

About the Author

IAN BROWN is an author and a feature writer for the Globe and Mail whose work has won many National Magazine and National Newspaper awards. The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search for His Disabled Son, was a national bestseller and a New York Times and Globe and Mail Best Book. It was also the winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the Trillium Book Award. His previous books include Freewheeling, which won the National Business Book Award, and the provocative examination of modern masculinity, Man Overboard. He lives in Toronto.

Editorial Reviews

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERWINNER OF THE CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE FOR LITERARY NON-FICTIONWINNER OF THE CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE FOR CANADIAN NON-FICTIONA Globe and Mail Best BookA New York Times Book Review Best BookA New York Times Notable Book “Brown combines a reporter’s curiosity with a novelist’s instinctive feel for the unknowable in this exquisite book, an account [that is] at once tender, pained and unexpectedly funny.” The New York Times Review  “Please, please don’t make the mistake of passing up the book if it feels familiar––because it is astonishing, both in its content and its triumph over form. Always a writer with a pretty turn of phrase, Brown has moved far beyond those party tricks and forges his most authentic thematic through-line yet: a raw, flawed (deeply exhausted) man in search of his mute, unknowable son, or at least a way to be proud of him.... Without the boy in the moon, his father most certainly would never have written this magnificent book, and that would have been another crying shame.” The Globe and Mail “Even with the most intimate material, [Brown] maintains his reporter’s discipline and impartiality, a rigour that makes the storytelling still more intimate. His accounts of his attempts to connect with Walker, and to be a good father, are at once tender and resolutely unsentimental.... Given the current glut of smug daddy blogs and cutesy mommy memoirs, it’s bracing to read a story about parenthood in which there is something so extraordinary at stake.”
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