A Slant of Sun: One Child's Courage


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.58 inches | 0.72 pounds

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About the Author

Beth Kephart is the award-winning author of a memoir trilogy. She has written about writing and the imagination for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and Parenting. She lives in Devon, Pennsylvania.


A triumph of writing and of the human spirit. This moving, suspenseful, brave, and daring book belongs with the classics. To read it is to experience first-hand the redemptive power of love.--Kim Chernin, author of My Life As a Boy
It's so hard, this parenting project. Every kid is different, every parent is different, and the boxes we're permitted so confining. Every difference diagnosed; every variation a treatment problem. And in spite of it all, parents do muddle through, and children do grow, unfold, become their own true selves, as we reach towards and finally to them--as Beth Kephart reaches toward Jeremy and Jeremy toward the world.--Barbara Katz Rothman, author of In Labor, Recreating Motherhood, and The Tentative Pregnancy
Beautifully written, absorbing and moving. A highly talented mother affords us precious insight into her son's extraordinary progression from autistic features to giftedness.--Bernard Rimland, M.D., Director, Autism Research Institute
I've always though 'different' a sad euphemism when it was applied to children with problems, but Beth Kephart has undone my every preconception. Her desperate, loving journey through uncharted territory is ultimately so moving and hope-affirming (without a moment of sappy 'uplift') that I was overwhelmed by it. By helping her son out of his silence, putting words on these pages, Kephart redeems all of us from reading any diagnosis as certain doom.--Rosellen Brown, author of Before and After
We may teach our children to read, but they teach us the language of the spirit. In these sterling essays, Beth Kephart listens with her soul. In clear, incandescent prose, she invites us to defy probability along with her, to learn the meaning of faith and the navigation of the everyday, to understand the labels and break through them. A Slant of Sun is a luminous gift in the lives of all who love the 'special' child, or any child at all.--Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Shelter