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Keeping Keller Paperback – March 10, 2008
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Thank you for writing such an inspiring story, it has been a long time since I have been touched so deeply by a book.
Set in Indiana in 1955, Beverly and Warren are at a loss as how to raise their 5-year-old son, Keller who has autism. Marginally verbal, the boy is rigid about routines and has difficulty interacting. He also requires a lot of supervision.
Beverly luckily has a small support system in the form of a very kind malt shop owner and a neighbor who discloses her own secret anguish. Warren is a kind and loving husband and father who spurns his sexually predatory secretary's inappropriate advances and who turns a deaf ear to his father's sexist comments. His family and his 1953 Dodge Coronet are his pride and, to him, his best accomplishments.
Parts of this book are funny. Keller's special interest in elephants leads to an embarrassing episode in a grocery store where his drive to find toy elephants proves costly. He also demonstrates destructive behavior while visiting one of Beverly's friends.
Things come to a head in early 1956. Keller's behavior spirals out of control with some devastating consequences. Warren is forced to consider making a desperate, drastic decision.
A beautiful, deeply moving story set during an era when the word "autism" had only been coined little more than a decade earlier (1943), the delightful characters and rich descriptions as well as the history lessons contained throughout and within the story all work to make this a masterpiece.
Beautifully written, Keeping Keller is an honest look into the life of these families and the emotional strain put on marriages and sanity levels. Historically, this is a sad, but true look at what life for these children and their families was like in the 1950s where institutionalization was the societal norm.
I love the characters and their relationships. Winegar is a master of both aspects in her writing.
This is a truly inspirational story of love, courage, patience and long-suffering that all mother's of special needs children would benefit from reading.
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Such an amazing story of the real struggles, no holds bar... But also the amazing ability to find love in the midst of pain and strugglePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was sent this simple, but most heartwarming first novel by my new friend Tracy by another good friend at CFI to read and review a few weeks ago and I just finished it Sunday... Read morePublished on June 24, 2008 by Teri Rodeman
What a heartwarming story that gives people who have children with handicaps and those who incounter children with handicaps in public a new perspective! Read morePublished on April 4, 2008 by Kari Ann