The Anti-Romantic Child: A Memoir of Unexpected Joy


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Harper Perennial
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.48 pounds

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About the Author

Priscilla Gilman is the author of the memoir The Anti-Romantic Child and a former professor of English literature at Yale University and Vassar College. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City.


"Every parent should read this luminous book to absorb or absorb again the truth that every child is a surprise--a revelation--to be uniquely learned and understood as well as loved."--Mary Catherine Bateson, author of Composing A Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom
"This is a fascinating, tender, illuminating book about an extraordinary boy and his equally extraordinary mother. A wonderful read."--Martha Beck, author of Expecting Adam and columnist for O magazine
"Unforgettable. . . . I couldn't put this book down."--Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project
"Priscilla Gilman's lyrical narrative is profoundly moving and ultimately joyous. It eloquently touches the universal."--Harold Bloom
"Smart, soulful, and involving."--Nick Hornby, The Believer
"Rapturously beautiful and deeply moving, profound and marvelous."--Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree
"The Anti-Romantic Child is beautiful, poetic, and heartfelt. It's more than a mother-child story; it's a journey of self-discovery. It's a book every parent should read."--Kathryn Erskine, bestselling author of Mockingbird and winner of the 2010 National Book Award
"What a glorious book Priscilla Gilman has written. Lively, eloquent, straightforward, and insightful, The Anti-Romantic Child deftly delineates and negotiates the complex cross-currents of a life of the mind and a life of the heart."--Sandra Boynton, children's book author and illustrator
"A book for all parents. . . . [Gilman's] poignant story of reconciling fantasy with reality is a universal story of parental growth. A story to inspire us all."--Ellen Galinsky, the Huffington Post
"A fantastic memoir. . . . I loved this book."--KJ Dell'Antonia, lead blogger for the New York Times Motherlode