Following Ezra by Tom Fields-Meyer
What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love From His Extraordinary Son

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

A heartwarming, intimate and amusing memoir of a father's experience raising his autistic son.

When Tom Fields-Meyer's son Ezra was three and showing early signs of autism, a therapist suggested that the father needed to grieve.
"For what?" he asked.
The answer: "For the child he didn't turn out to be."
That moment helped strengthen the author's resolve to do just the opposite: to love the child Ezra was, a quirky boy with a fascinating and complex mind. Full of tender moments and unexpected humor, Following Ezra is the story of a father and son on a ten-year journey from Ezra's diagnosis to the dawn of his adolescence. It celebrates his growth from a remote toddler to an extraordinary young man, connected in his own remarkable ways to the world around him.


 

About Tom Fields-Meyer

See more books from this Author
Tom Fields-Meyer has been a writer and journalist at People magazine, the Dallas Morning News, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He is a graduate of Harvard and currently lives in Los Angeles with his family.
 
Published September 6, 2011 by NAL. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Following Ezra

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Characteristics of autism, which can include repetition, fixation, facial nuances, lessened eye contact and a superb memory for obscure minutiae are not treated as symptoms to normalize but as opportunities to enter Ezra’s world—whether that means learning the running times of animated films or a...

Aug 21 2011 | Read Full Review of Following Ezra: What One Fath...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

When their middle-son Ezra was 2, Fields-Meyer and wife Shawn (parents of two other boys, Ami and Noam) grew concerned about his unusual behavior.

Aug 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Following Ezra: What One Fath...

New York Journal of Books

See more reviews from this publication

There is a saying in the autistic community that goes, ‘If you’ve met one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism.’ Meeting Ezra is worth the time.”Following Ezra is a touching memoir that chronicles a father’s experience raising his autistic son.

Sep 06 2011 | Read Full Review of Following Ezra: What One Fath...

Reader Rating for Following Ezra
91%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 99 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×