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Slip Paperback – March 30, 2010
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Correctly mirrors the lives of many parents struggling with a diagnosis of autism for their child. Eventually, calmer days do come to pass, and one sees the wonderment, strength and beauty of a child living with autism. ----Genevieve Athens, Executive Director, Autism Society of Oregon
A 21-st-century, up-close-and-personal look at the complexities of being a single parent raising an autistic child. --Kelly Howell, author of Deep Insight
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Tanya's writing career began at the age of four with the announcement that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. She wasted no time and self-published her first book a year later. At age twelve, the small-scale publication of her novella The Classroom Caper brought local acclaim. In high school and college, her poetry was published in yearbooks, newspapers, and an anthology. She also wrote an essay about earthquakes, which can be viewed at tanyasavko.com.
In 1997, her three-year-old son was diagnosed with autism. This influenced her to write an article to promote autism awareness, which was published by two regional parenting magazines. In 2008, she began her award-winning blog/website TeenAutism.com. Slip, published in 2010, is her first novel.
Tanya resides in southern Oregon with her two sons. She has not felt an earthquake since 1993. Yes, it was in Oregon. She was not driving that time.
Top Customer Reviews
Savko was frustrated with a lot of the misconceptions that surround autism, especially the statistic that 85% of all marriages where there is a child with autism involved end in divorce. She wanted to show that it really is a far more complicated picture than that - that marriages that involve autism are subject to the same frailties and potential problems that any relationship would be. Autism is only one factor, she says. At the same time, she wanted to write a portrayal of what family life with autism was really like.
And Savko has succeeded. I found "Slip" to be an engaging portrayal of life with autism, as well as a compelling portrait of a failing marriage and subsequent new start in life. Andrew Pavel, already feeling unsatisfied with his life, is shocked when his wife Erica announces that she doesn't love him anymore. Around this same time, their son, Nathan, is diagnosed with autism. Everything is changing around Andrew, and he doesn't know what to do. Eventually, though, Adam learns that he can not only exist on his own, but thrive, and manages to stumble into a life he is actually happy about. This book will not only teach you a lot about autism, but inspire you as you watch Andrew try to recreate his life into something worth living.
I had the opportunity to interview Tanya Savko recently. You can read the interview here [...]
The author paints a very realistic picture of the experiences, emotions, desires, and craziness of life with autism, without losing any of the wit and captivation of a well-written novel.
Slip is a good title, definitely captures the ebb and flow of Nathan's progression/regression within his world of autism, as well as how that affected Eileen's formative years. You could also make an argument that the title Slip evokes the relationship patterns of the main characters Andrew and Erica in and out of love, slipping into what's familiar or comfortable, slipping out of whatever restrains them from being true to themselves. Then again, after digesting the entire novel, I loved the phrase "a new normal" that the author coined on the final page. That really sums up the completion of the journey, the fulfillment of Andrew's primary motivation, whether he knew it before or not. It almost left me misty-eyed, and only a couple novels have done that to me.
I could go into more details about what those motivations and events that occur are, but I don't want to be a spoiler. Read this book!
Slip follows the path of Nathan, a high-functioning autistic boy and his progression - and - then regression - and - then progress again. It is a poignant tale of raising an autistic child without knowing what direction is the correct one. I feel the author very accurately portrays the challenges in raising a child with these difficulties, and feelings that are foreign to most - and frankly just the strangeness of living with someone you deeply love who cannot connect socially. She creates a moving emotional journey exploring questions, such as; divorce, what it means to be human, how we discover who we really are, and what constitutes our sense of self as we relate to the world. This book deals with all the big issues and the ending, without being a spoiler, is quite emotional.
I highly recommend the book to anyone. While it revolves around Autism, it is a great story that anyone will find moving.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this novel because I learned so much about autism while reading it. It broadened my world while entertaining me. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Laura McHale Holland
Sometimes lives must be torn down in order to be rebuilt. Slip takes the reader through the growing pains often associated with marrying young, the isolation of growing apart, and... Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by Ilonka M. O'Neil