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Writing with Grace : A Journey Beyond Down Syndrome
by Judy Mcfarlane


Overview - When Judy McFarlane is asked if she will help Grace, a woman with Down syndrome who dreams of becoming a famous writer, she realizes she holds deep, unacknowledged fears -- that Grace will be a dull-eyed young woman who can't read, let alone write, or that she might become agitated, even lash out.  Read more...

 
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Overview
When Judy McFarlane is asked if she will help Grace, a woman with Down syndrome who dreams of becoming a famous writer, she realizes she holds deep, unacknowledged fears -- that Grace will be a dull-eyed young woman who can't read, let alone write, or that she might become agitated, even lash out. But the idea that Grace wants to be a writer, a dream McFarlane gave up when she was young, captures McFarlane. She helps Grace write her book and travels with Grace to give a copy of the book to her grandfather. "Writing with Grace" is the inspiring and informative story of the journey Grace and Judy have taken together. It relates the often-dark history of Down syndrome and tells a universal story of moving from a deep fear of the "other" to seeing the world through the eyes of another person. With honest introspection and keen insight, "Writing with Grace" delves into what it takes to face one's own prejudice and what it means to live a full life and believe you are worthy.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781771620253
  • ISBN-10: 1771620250
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 208
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-10-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

Vancouver-based author McFarlane chronicles her passage from ignorance and antipathy to empathy and affection in the moving story of her friendship with Grace Chen, a young woman with Down syndrome who wants to be a writer. When a mutual friend suggests that McFarlane help Grace with her writing, McFarlane feels "a flat edge of fear." She's never met anyone with Down syndrome and assumes that Grace will be dull-witted and unpredictable. But Grace, McFarlane discovers, is nothing like this: she attended high school, is an avid reader, and enjoys talking about writing. Startled by the assumptions she made, and with much trepidation, McFarlane decides to work with Grace. Readers will be glad that she did. As she gets to know Grace, McFarlane delves into the disturbing history of the treatment of Down syndrome and eventually travels to China, where Grace was born, to meet Grace's extended family and the grandfather who believed she should have been institutionalized. McFarlane's insightful prose, her willingness to examine her own prejudices, and the obvious delight she ultimately finds with Grace make McFarlane's story a thought-provoking, inspiring one that others will want to experience. Agent: Carolyn Forde, Westwood Creative Artists. (Oct.)

 
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