“Powerful, unflinching, and beautifully rendered, Love You to Pieces
is not just an anthology about raising children with special needs, but true literature. Through a combination of fiction, poetry, and memoir—some by renowned authors, others by emerging writers, every piece saturated with hard-won firsthand insight—the loving parents in these pages speak honestly and artfully about every stage of their experience, from the birth of a child with special needs to the arrival of grandchildren. Readers who also wear these shoes will find deep, moving depictions of a reality they know so well. Those with no knowledge of this world will find a literary experience they’ll never forget. “
—Rachel Simon, author of Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey
“Love You To Pieces
is a unique reading experience: raw, moving, provocative and compelling. The stories are beautifully told, from many different backgrounds and perspectives, but taken together share a common and ultimately triumphant connecting thread: love conquers all.” —Daniel Tammet, author of Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
“Love You to Pieces
is groundbreaking. Our public discourse about disability is dominated by the voices of medical professionals and fix your child tomes. These stories elevate the experience of people with disabilities to the level of literature. It is a must buy book for anyone who parents, educates, or supports young people with disabilities.
—Jonathan Mooney, author of The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal
Review: Library Journal Review - April 15, 2008
"...the work acts as an eloquent support group for these parents. Highly recommended."
Review: Image Journal - June 15, 2008
"Even for readers who are not parenting one of the 8 million babies born worldwide each year with genetic birth defects, this anthology offers something profound. The stories and poems collected here demonstrate vividly that it's in caring for others that we discover our truest humanity." Read Full Review
Review: Brain, Child! - July 1, 2008
" . . . a reminder of life's changeability; surprises occur and parents persevere, even in seemingly fixed situations."
Review: Mothering - August 1, 2008
"[A] moving collection of well-crafted memoirs, fiction, and poetry that reflects the wild emotional complexities of living with and loving a child with disabilities."
Review: Exceptional Parent - March 1, 2009
“[H]ard to put down…a must-read and definite keeper…all types of readers—parents of children with disabilities, their friends and families, literature buffs—will glean something from [Love You to Pieces], be it insight, entertainment, or empathy.”