The Shape of the Eye

The Shape of the Eye

A Memoir

Book - 2013 | Trade paperback edition --.
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When Laura Estreich is born, her appearance presents a puzzle- Does the shape of her eyes indicate Down syndrome, or the fact that she has a Japanese grandmother? In this powerful memoir, poet and stay-at-home dad George Estreich reflects on his daughter's inheritance - from the family history that precedes her to the legacy of her genes, to mistaken portrayals of Down syndrome today, tracing contemporary errors to historical sources. Against this backdrop, he shows us a child unlike any other - quirky and real, loved for everything ordinary and extraordinary about her.

'In this wise and moving memoir, George Estreich tells the story of his family as his younger daughter is diagnosed with Down syndrome and they are thrust into an unfamiliar world. Estreich writes with a poet's eye and gift of language, weaving this personal journey into the larger history of his family, exploring the deep and often hidden connections between the past and the present. Engaging and unsentimental, The Shape of the Eye taught me a great deal. It is a story I found myself thinking about long after I'd finished the final pages.' Kim Edwards, author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter

''The Shape of the Eye is a memoir of a father's love for his daughter, his struggle to understand her disability, and his journey toward embracing her power and depth. Estreich is raw and honest and draws us each into a new view of what it means to be 'human' and what it means to be 'different.' This book is beautifully written, poetically insightful, and personally transformative. To read it is to rethink everything and to be happy because of the journey.' Timothy P. Shriver, Ph.D. , Chairman & CEO of the Special Olympics

Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2013.
Edition: Trade paperback edition --.
ISBN: 9780399163340
Branch Call Number: 618.92858 EST
Characteristics: xvi, 314 pages ;,24 cm


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