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Rachel in the World : A Memoir
by Jane Bernstein




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What happens when love is no longer enough? Jane Bernstein thought that learning to accept her daughter's disabilities meant her struggles were over. But as Rachel grew up and needed more than a parent's devotion, both mother and daughter were confronted with formidable obstacles. Rachel in the World, which begins in Rachel's fifth year and ends when she turns twenty-two, tells of their barriers and successes with the same honesty and humor that made Loving Rachel, Bernstein's first memoir, a classic in its field. The linked accounts in part 1 center on family issues, social services, experiences with caregivers, and Rachel herself—difficult, charming, hard to fathom, eager for her own independence. The second part of the book chronicles Bernstein's attempt to find Rachel housing at a time when over 200,000 Americans with mental retardation were on waiting lists for residential services. As Rachel prepares to leave her mother's constant protection, Bernstein invites the reader to share the frustrations and unexpected pleasures of finding a place for her daughter, first in her family, and then in the world.

| Contents Preface Part I 1. Taking Rachel Swimming 2. Making Rachel big 3. Taking Care 4. On Regret 5. Rachel Flies Alone 6. At Seventeen 7. Rachel at Work 8. Talking Part II 9. Kishorit 10. The Fourth Visit 11. Love and Death 12. Lifesharing 13. At Anna's 14. Commencement 15. How It Happened 16. A Perfect Place Index |

Jane Bernstein, a professor of English and creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University, is the author of Loving Rachel: A Family's Journey from Grief, Bereft—A Sister's Story, and other books. For more, visit www.janebernstein.net.

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What happens when love is no longer enough? Jane Bernstein thought that learning to accept her daughter's disabilities meant her struggles were over. But as Rachel grew up and needed more than a parent's devotion, both mother and daughter were confronted with formidable obstacles. Rachel in the World, which begins in Rachel's fifth year and ends when she turns twenty-two, tells of their barriers and successes with the same honesty and humor that made Loving Rachel, Bernstein's first memoir, a classic in its field. The linked accounts in part 1 center on family issues, social services, experiences with caregivers, and Rachel herself—difficult, charming, hard to fathom, eager for her own independence. The second part of the book chronicles Bernstein's attempt to find Rachel housing at a time when over 200,000 Americans with mental retardation were on waiting lists for residential services. As Rachel prepares to leave her mother's constant protection, Bernstein invites the reader to share the frustrations and unexpected pleasures of finding a place for her daughter, first in her family, and then in the world.

| Contents Preface Part I 1. Taking Rachel Swimming 2. Making Rachel big 3. Taking Care 4. On Regret 5. Rachel Flies Alone 6. At Seventeen 7. Rachel at Work 8. Talking Part II 9. Kishorit 10. The Fourth Visit 11. Love and Death 12. Lifesharing 13. At Anna's 14. Commencement 15. How It Happened 16. A Perfect Place Index |

Jane Bernstein, a professor of English and creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University, is the author of Loving Rachel: A Family's Journey from Grief, Bereft—A Sister's Story, and other books. For more, visit www.janebernstein.net.



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  • ISBN: 9780252090509
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Date: Oct 2013
 

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