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Beautiful Eyes: A Father Transformed

Author: Austin, Paul

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company


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Beautiful Eyes: A Father Transformed : In 1987, Paul Austin and his wife Sally were newlyweds, excited about their future together and happily anticipating the birth of their first child. He was a medical student and she was a nurse. <p>Everything changed the moment the doctor rushed their infant daughter from the room just after her birth, knowing instantly that something was wrong. Sarah had almond-shaped eyes, a single crease across her palm instead of three, and low-set ears - all of which suggested that the baby had Down syndrome.</p> <p>Beginning on the day Sarah is born and ending when she is a young adult living in a group home, Beautiful Eyes is the story of a father's journey toward acceptance of a child who is different. In a voice that is unflinchingly honest and unerringly compassionate, Austin chronicles his life with his daughter: watching her learn to walk and talk and form her own opinions, making decisions about her future, and navigating cultural assumptions and prejudices - all the while confronting, with poignancy and moving candor, his own limitations as her father.</p> <p>It is Sarah herself, who, in her own coming of age and her own reconciling with her difference, teaches her father to understand her. Time and again, she surprises him: performing Lady Gaga&#8217;s "Poker Face" at a talent show; explaining how the word "retarded" is hurtful; reacting to the events of her life with a mixture of love, pain, and humor; and insisting on her own humanity in a world that questions it. As Sarah begins to blossom into herself, her father learns to look past his daughter&#8217;s disability and see her as the spirited, warmhearted, and uniquely wise person she is.</p>

Category   Subject
Family & Relationships   Children with Special Needs
Family & Relationships   Fatherhood
Biography & Autobiography   Personal Memoirs

ISBN 13:9780393082449
ISBN 10:039308244X
Size:8.59" l x 5.83" w x 0.94" h
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