MEET THIRTY SOMETHING DAD, ALEX… He loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son but doesn’t understand him. Something has to change. And it needs to start with him.
MEET EIGHT-YEAR-OLD SAM… Beautiful, surprising, autistic. To him the world is a puzzle he can’t solve on his own.
But when Sam starts to play Minecraft, it opens up a place where Alex and Sam begin to re-discover both themselves, and each other… can one fragmented family put themselves back together, one piece at a time?
I was given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This book has been brilliantly and beautifully written. As a parent of two autistic children, I welcome with open arms any piece of writing, whether it be fiction or fact that promotes the awareness of autism. My youngest son is utterly obsessed with Minecraft and can play for hours. It is his world.
Stuart has a real, in depth knowledge of the condition. You can tell that he has first hand experience of autism via his son. As I was reading along, I was nodding and thinking, “Yes. Yes. Yes” Every thing that he mentioned was something that was part of my own daily life or that of my children. Even through a work of fiction, Stuart shows us all that we are not alone in stumbling through life with our autistic children.
This beautiful story takes us through the highs and lows of this life. The joys and the sorrows. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. To promote awareness of autism to people who have no understanding of the condition and to promote support to those of us that do. Utterly stunning piece of fiction.
A five out of five star read.
I am profoundly grateful to Netgalley and the Little Brown Book Group for my copy of this book.