Family Pictures

Family Pictures

A Novel

Book - 1990
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The discovery that their third child, Randall, is autistic brings into being strains that will deeply affect the marriage of David and Lainey Eberhardt.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Harper & Row, c1990.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060163976
Characteristics: 288 p.


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Dec 02, 2009

I'm left breathless by Sue Miller's ability to tell a story from many different viewpoints - female, male, very young, very old - reflecting attitudes of five different decades. This covers the timelines of several members of one family whose scars radiate out over many years from the autism of one brother. I don't think this is a spoiler, but the final pages detail an idyllic evening just before the birth of the autistic child. We see the family, still small, as yet unwounded, ready to welcome the new child. We the readers have been privy to the years of guilt and consequences, and the poignancy is razor-sharp and achingly beautiful.


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