All parent stories about raising a child with Down syndrome are special and unique, but in the hands of a good writer, they can have the power to reach, change, and resonate far beyond family and friends. And that is the case with My Heart Can't Even Believe It, by journalist, blogger, and NPR contributor Amy Silverman.
Amy bravely looks at her life, before and after her daughter Sophie was born, and reflects on her transformation from
a spoiled, self-centered brat, who used words like retard and switched lines at the Safeway to avoid a bagger with special needs, into the mother of a kid with Down syndrome and all that her new identity entails. She describes her evolution as gradual, one built by processing her fears and facing questions both big and small about Sophie, Down syndrome, and her place in the world.
Funny, touching, and honest, this wonderful book looks at a daughter and her power to change minds and fill hearts with love so deep that, as Sophie once remarked to her mom,
I love you so much my heart can't even believe it! Theirs is a story worth reading.
Louise Wilson on Goodreads wrote:
In my wildest dreams did I ever think I would find a book about Down syndrome that I could recommend to all of the three main categories of people I put into groups in my mind. The first category is the group of people that know and/or love me and my 17 year old son Drake (who happens to have Down syndrome). This group (in my thought process) is a shoe-in. The second group are other people who know or love someone with Down syndrome but not necessarily my son Drake- I really think they will like this book. The third group are the people out in society who don't really know anyone with a disability, including- but not limited to Down syndrome, Drake, or me... the lay people! I think they would like this book and even benefit from it!
I can recommend this book to anyone who likes a great story and plenty of humor (don't get me wrong, some sadness too) and believe with all my heart that they will like it as much as I do! It's that good. Five stars from me- I'll look forward to more books from Amy Silverman in the future.
Amy Silverman is a journalist, blogger and NPR contributor tells how her life was before the birth of her daughter and how her life has changed since. Sophie was born with Down's syndrome.
A well written, touching and honest memoir.
I would like to thank Net Galley, Woodbine House and the author Amy Silverman for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.