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Best Novels About Autism & Autistic Characters for Adults

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House Rules: A Novel
House Rules: A Novel
"An excellent book featuring a boy who has Asperger's.  He is a plausible character and not a stereotype.  His special interests are crime investigation shows and his social skills are sadly lacking."
Lone Wolf
Lone Wolf
"Although the word "Asperger's" is never mentioned in this book, it is as plain as day that the dad featured in this book has Asperger's.  Wolves are his special interests.  His poor social skills cost him his marriage and nearly cost him his two nearly grown children."
The Civil Wars of Jonah Moran: A Novel
The Civil Wars of Jonah Moran: A Novel
"An extraordinary book about a young man with autism living in Washington State, amidst a Civil War in his community while re-enacting the Civil War."
Daniel Isn't Talking: A Novel
Daniel Isn't Talking: A Novel
"A good story about a young child with severe autism who is helped by ABA and Floor Time.  A wonderful story from a mother's point of view."
The Kindness of Strangers
The Kindness of Strangers
"An excellent book about a widow with two sons who takes in an 11-year-old boy as a foster child.  The boy's mother tells people he has Asperger's, but he does not.  This book is a rare gem."
A Rock and A Hard Place
A Rock and A Hard Place
"An excellent novel of a mother's account of coping with a severely autistic daughter whose behavior is destructive.  A very plausible story and one of the best I've read.  Ideal companion book to "Tilt" by Elizabeth Burns."
Tilt
Tilt
"An excellent novel about how a woman reassesses her life; herself and motherhood when confronted with her oldest daughter's severe autism.  Maeve is a plausible character with severe autism and the story is riveting.  Ideal companion book to "A Rock & a Hard Place" by Anne Sutcliffe."
Eye Contact
Eye Contact
"Adam, 9 is a plausible character with severe autism.  His communication/sensory issues and attempts to give the desired response to activities he neither enjoys nor understands so he can pursue his special interests are understandable.  He is friends with Morgan who has Asperger's Syndrome, the spectrum partner to autism.  It is Morgan's resourcefulness that solves the murder mystery."
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
"The book about a character with Asperger's readers have been praying for!  Chris, a bright young man with Asperger's, uses his unique approach to solve a murder.  This is truly an exceptional book!"
A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards: A Novel
A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards: A Novel
"A decent book that spans decades - a young man growing up during the depression has high functioning autism as does his nephew, who was born in 1988.  They both appear to have a mild form of autism and are believably written."
Confidential Sources
Confidential Sources
"An excellent book about a couple with a child who has autism.  The National Autism Society was consulted for this work and the character with autism is realistic and refreshing."
With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child, Vol. 1
With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child, Vol. 1
"This is an excellent novel written in manga style about raising Hikaru, a child who has severe autism.  The illustrations are masterpieces and the author describes services for people with autism in Japan and describes Japanese customs."
With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child, Vol. 2
With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child, Vol. 2
"The sequel to Tobe's first book in a soon-to-be series.  A delightful, brilliantly told, illustrated story of the Azumas and their son who has severe autism.  Readers learn about Japanese culture, customs and services for persons with special needs.  A soon to be classic!"
Keeping Keller
Keeping Keller
"An excellent book about a couple raising their severely autistic son Keller.  The story is set in the winter of 1955-56 and is replete with delightful characters; excellent story line and description of lack of autism awareness during that era."
Casey's Wall: A Novel
Casey's Wall: A Novel
"Protagonist Carolyn taught a small class of boys with autism in 1976-77.  She is captivated by one pupil named Casey.  She reconnects with Casey's mother almost 30 years later.  Excellent, richly drawn characters and good dialog."