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If I Could Tell You: A Novel Paperback – May 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vantage Point; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936467267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936467266
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,723,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hannah Brown is the movie critic for the Jerusalem Post. Born and raised in New York City, she was a movie critic at the New York Post. Her short fiction has appeared in Commentary, the Jerusalem Post magazine and Short Story Quarterly. Two of her short stories were included in the anthology, Israel Short Stories, published by Ang-Lit. Press in Tel Aviv in February 2011. She has published articles, essays and reviews for Newsweek, New York, the Forward and the Jerusalem Report. She hosted a weekly radio show about movies on the RAM FM station, which broadcast from Jerusalem and Ramallah. She lives with her two sons in Jerusalem.

 
 

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Hannah Brown's "If I Could Tell You," is her debut novel. It was inspired by her experiences as the mother of an autistic son. She is the movie critic for the Jerusalem Post. Born and raised in New York City, she was a movie critic at the New York Post. Her short fiction has appeared in Commentary, the Jerusalem Post magazine and Short Story Quarterly. Two of her short stories were included in the anthology, Israel Short Stories, published by Ang-Lit. Press. She has published articles, essays and reviews for Newsweek, New York, the Forward and the Jerusalem Report.

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Above all, it's a good story with interesting characters.
David Colbert
Yes it's about mothers of autistic children, but you certainly don't need to be a mother of an autistic child or even interested in autism in order to love this book!
Miriam Abramowitz
While the readers' knowledge of this disorder is enhanced, it is made much more interesting by the entertaining quality of the story.
Barbara M. Wiggins

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter M. Fulton on April 17, 2012
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This April is National Autism Month, and the news has been filled with sobering statistics and grave information. This "spectrum" disorder ranges from the very mild to the very severe, and the symptoms can be radically different from child to child. Twenty-five years ago, it affected just one in 10,000 children. In 2002, the rate was one in every 250 kids. In 2007, it became one in 150. In 2009, it soared to one in 110, and now it's one in every 88 children, and among boys alone, it's one in 54. Yet while it would be surprising to meet anyone in the United States who hasn't been affected by Autism in some way, either directly or indirectly through family or friends, if you ask 10 different people (including M.D.'s and Ph.D.'s who work daily with this condition) what exactly is causing this rapid increase, you're likely to get 10 different answers. The only consensus seems to be that Autism can't be ignored any longer and it's not going away anytime soon.

Hannah Brown's "IF I COULD TELL YOU" couldn't possibly be more important than now. This is not only the "inside" story of Autism, focusing unblinkingly upon the most intimate moments of children so afflicted and of their caretakers, it's also a tremendously learned, well-researched narrative that somehow, through Brown's unique literary alchemy, translates the usual scientific and pseudo-scientific gobbledygook that plagues different descriptions of the disorder into lucid prose I simply couldn't put down. It was late at night when I presumed I'd take a quick glance at the book, and it was early the next morning when I finally closed it, fully wide-eyed after having savored all 304 pages in the interim!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lady Silverlocks on June 16, 2012
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At first, I wasn't sure if I would like the format of the book, switching from one character to another so often. However, it turned out to be a very effective technique for moving the story along.

My nephew is autistic, but he's 22 now, and I have a hard time remembering the struggles of the early years. Hannah Brown has captured those struggles, while clearly showing that each child with autism is different. Her novel also shows why that uniqueness makes it so difficult to choose therapies and schools for children with autism.

My favorite character was Ruthie because her passion was so 'out there.' Brown manages to show the strengths and vulnerabilities of her characters, leaving me rooting for all of them, even those who are a little more prickly at the outset.

I want to read more about these remarkable families to see what the future holds for them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Colbert on April 30, 2012
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Above all, it's a good story with interesting characters. Without taking anything away from the seriousness of the subject matter, that's what held my attention and kept me reading it straight through.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Panopoulos on May 19, 2012
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I like the well-drawn characters in "If I Could Tell You." I could only imagine the impact of autism on parents before I opened this book, but after a few pages I felt like I knew these mothers and wanted to hear more about what they were experiencing. Hannah Brown was able to take a difficult situation that touched her personally and make it accessible to everyone. It's impossible not to feel for the families described -- but it takes a fine writer like Brown to draw you in.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Toby G. on April 22, 2012
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Like Hannah Brown, I too am the mother of a young man with autism.Therefore, her book means so much to me. Although it is a novel, and the characters are fictitious, I personally felt so much in common with them, and so inspired by their stories, their fears, challenges, and ultimately their self awareness and their personal growth.

Hannah Brown is an excellent writer. She brings a group of strangers together,connected only by their children's disability, and then with sensitivity and compassion, she creates interesting and intriguing relationships, some loving and some resentful.So, although the common denominator is autism, the book is an inspiring read for absolutely everyone. It is, in my eyes, above all a book of hope and perseverance, of family ties and the true meaning of love and commitment.

I highly recommend If I Could Tell You.I personally think it could be a great movie , the writing style is perfect for it. Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis on April 26, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. It is unusual in that, while tackling a difficult and heart-rending topic (living with, helping and loving your autistic child while juggling all the rest of your life and loves simultaneously), it was an easy read that never got bogged down. Although being fiction, it seemed to be quite a realistic depiction of life for parents of autistic children. In this respect, I thought it was better than the recent book by Jody Picoult about a child on the autistic spectrum, where the depiction of the child and the plot were very unrealistic. Hannah Brown's characters and situations were, for the most part, very believable. Although addressing a heavy topic, the book was actually fun and easy to read, not preachy or heart-rending, yet instructive and also uplifting, a good book to take on vacation. It isn't just about autism, and isn't only for the group of people interested in autism. It is a book about life.
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