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Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Novel Hardcover – 2003
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It is a painful exploration, for Robert has probably reached his maximum improvement. In his thoughts he is sensitive and articulate but few people can understand what he is saying. His mobility is limited. He needs help for the most basic activities of daily living. Although the care he receives is excellent, it is also demeaning. He talks about the artificially bright demeanor of those who work with him, but seldom have time to listen to him. Like other patients with closed head injuries he is often impulsive, easily loses his temper, and sometimes shows poor judgment. His feeble attempts to relate sexually are considered "inappropriate" by those around him.
Author Tim Laskowski, who has worked with brain damaged patients for many years, explores the inner world of Robert with great empathy and sensitivity. He does this with extraordinary skill, without ever falling into sentimentality. His use of language is flawless, managing to hit just the right pitch for this difficult subject matter. And, if he doesn't completely understand the inner world, the suffering and small triumphs, of Robert's life, he probably comes as close as anyone could. This is a painful and difficult memoir, beautifully done. I recommend it highly. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber
Every Good Boy Does Fine has lifted me into that strange and ethereal realm of being: wonderment. It has turned my life around, and taught me to be a winner - not a winer, and not a weener - a winner!