Since Joel tackles what happens when the unimaginable loss of a child becomes a reality. Julie Schwartz introduces readers to her son Joel David Schwartz, who lived with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and died by accidental overdose at age twenty-five. Readers will find connection and community in reading Schwartz’s heartfelt memoir about the most difficult thing for any parent to confront. Her family’s story will offer a sense of connection and community for those dealing with loss, and a sense of recognition for those whose lives have been touched by the Autism spectrum. Julie describes Joel as a “charming nerd,” and her intimate writing invites us to get to know him in all his complicated detail. The book ultimately asks that we celebrate our differences, instead of finding fault with them, and that we try to find the joy in all of our relationships.
Since Joel: Love and Loss on the Spectrum
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2019
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