Next Stop by Glen Finland

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See 4 Critic Reviews hope to the growing number of families struggling with autism and a voice to the misunderstood.
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The summer David Finland was twenty-one years old, he and his mother, Glen, navigated the Washington, D.C., Metro trains. Every day. David has autism, and the hope was that if he could learn the train lines, maybe he could get a job. And if he could get a job, then maybe he could move out on his own. And maybe his parents’ marriage could get the jump start it so desperately needed. Maybe.

A candid portrait of a differently abled young man poised at the entry to adulthood, Next Stop recounts the complex relationship between a child with autism and his family as he steps out into the real world alone for the first time. This personal narrative of a mother’s perpetually tested hope is a universal story of how our children grow up and how we learn to let go and reclaim our lives, no matter how hard that may be.

About Glen Finland

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GLEN FINLAND lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband, Bruce, and the youngest of their three adult sons, David. A former reporter and a freelance writer, she received her MFA from American University, where she has taught writing.
Published March 29, 2012 by Berkley. 328 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Mar 12 2012 hope to the growing number of families struggling with autism and a voice to the misunderstood.

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Reviewed by Cara Batema

...her story isn’t just about autism or just about her son, but it’s a story that any parent can read to learn about love and hope -- and you won’t want to put it down.

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Reviewed by Beth Fish on Mar 30 2012

Finland talks about his life in a straightforward, easy-to-read manner... No matter your parental status, you can't help but be moved by the Finlands.

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Reviewed by Tessa on Apr 06 2012

I loved Next Stop...This is autism as realistically portrayed as I've ever seen it. I appreciated that.

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