"Bad Animals... offer(s) a sceptical, darkly humourous take on autism lacking in most of the literature out there.... I'd need a neck brace had I nodded every time Yanofsky described a situation I could relate to." -- Emily Donaldson, The Globe and Mail.
"(Bad Animals) is reflective, touching, humourous and heartbreaking. It is a memoir about life, witten by an extremely talented author." -- Kelly Wilton, Montreal Families
“With self-deprecating humor and searing honesty...Yanofsky reveals the painful frustration and the powerful bond of love between him, his wife and their 11-year-old autistic son, Jonah. An eloquent memoir... [Bad Animals
] ... also addresses the broader issues involved with parenthood.” (Kirkus Reviews
“Writers show their capacity for greatness when they point their talent at something they love. Joel Yanofsky has done just that: written a marvellous book about a child he adores—his son.” (David Gilmour, author of The Film Club
“Joel Yanofsky has taken on just about the hardest of literary tasks, writing about life with an autistic child without succumbing either to sentimentality or bitterness—producing a book that seems both truthful, in its refusal to put too bright a face on a hard reality, and tender, in its insistence on the mysteries of love.” (Adam Gopnik, author of The Table Comes First and Paris to the Moon
About the Author
is the author of the essay collection Homo Erectus: And Other Popular Tales of True Romance
, the novel Jacob’s Ladder
, and the biography Mordecai & Me: An Appreciation of a Kind
, which won the QWF Mavis Gallant Non-fiction Prize and the Canadian Jewish Book Award. He’s a regular book reviewer for the Montreal Gazette
and has written for a variety of publications, including Canadian Geographic
and the Village Voice.
He’s won two National Magazine Awards as well as the Malahat Review’s
Creative Nonfiction Prize. He lives in Montreal, Canada, with his wife, Cynthia, and his son, Jonah.