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Engaging . . . a story of commitment and betrayal, responsibility and perseverance. Slip lures you in. ----Rogue Books

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

About the Author

Tanya Savko is the author of the Web site TeenAutism.com. She lives in southern Oregon with her two sons, one of whom has autism. Slip is her first novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kova Publishing; First edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981786804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981786803
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,017,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tanya Savko grew up in L.A. and Orange County and has twice had the bizarre experience of driving during an earthquake. Upon finishing high school she quickly moved to Ashland, Oregon, where she attended Southern Oregon University and obtained her B.A. in English.

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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate on October 4, 2011
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Why did Tanya Savko write her new book, "Slip," published by Kova Publishing?

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 [...]

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cody Lesniak on April 24, 2010
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A great read, I enjoyed every page of it and learned something too. Being a parent is challenging enough, but parenting an autistic child requires so much more effort, love, and patience, and all without a clear roadmap of the future. I've come away with greater respect for parents of autistic children, realizing they're just as human and vulnerable as I am, but with so much more expectations placed on them.

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.
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This was quite an emotional journey the author took me through. Upon finishing, it left me feeling satisfied, like a leisurely meal with each course served gradually over a space of time. Sometimes it flowed smoothly and I tore through the chapters with excitement. Other times it was hard to get through, not because her writing faltered, but certain scenes, character actions, or sometimes just a line would jar me out of the story and into moody introspection as to how it corresponded or contrasted with my own life. So, she pushed some buttons in me with what she wrote, which is ultimately a good thing, a testimony to the depth and feeling of her work.

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!
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By JP Osterman on April 20, 2011
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As a mother of an adult child with Autism and a teenager with Asperger's, I have found Slip a most intriguing story that has depth, courage, and love. It is a beautiful gripping novel about identity, love, and human frailty. Autism is characterized by deficits in a range of social skills and behaviors. In many ways it is possible to think of autism as a social learning disability.

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.
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