~JoAnne Soper-Cook, Judge, 2010 David Adams Richards Prize
"Profound...a writer of such substance that she is obviously headed to the top echelon of writers of our time...a book of rare sensitivity and masterful creative writing [that] must surely be shared with as many friends and fellow readers as possible."
~Grady Harp, Amazon.com Hall of Fame Reviewer, ***** (5 stars)
"I can't stop thinking about this book...I can't remember a book, let alone a collection of short stories, where I could identify so heavily with the emotions and feelings of the characters."
~Martin Crosbie, author of My Temporary Life, ***** (5 stars)
"Remarkable in its intensity and craft, The Meaning of Children is a book that bears discovering, and Akerman a writer to watch."
~ Samuel Peralta, poet, author of Sonata Vampirica and other books, ***** (5 stars)
"This isn't the invented childhood of imagination and wonderment...[here] children both corrupt and redeem: each other, family relationships and the female body."
~Katie Hewitt, The Globe & Mail
"Loved your book; read it in one sitting."
~Mutsumi Takahashi, Anchor, CTV News Montreal
"...this lovely little book, short stories about life in a family that might just resemble yours...A wonderful gift for mother's day, perhaps more long lived than the usual cut flowers."
~Anne Lagacé Dowson, CJAD Radio
From the Author
And love, always love...a girl discovers a fear of heights as her parents' marriage unravels; a thirty-something venture fund manager frets over his daughter's paternity; an orphan whose hands kill whatever they touch is accused of homophobia; a mother of two can only bear to consider abortion in the second person; the wife of a retirement-aged professor finds him unconscious near his computer...The Meaning Of Children speaks to all who--though aware the world can be a very dark place--can't help but long for redemption.