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Stolen Child: A Mother's Journey to Rescue Her Son from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Paperback – October 4, 2016
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Although Laurie Gough was an intrepid traveller who had explored wild, far-off reaches of the globe, the journey she and her family took in their own home in their small Quebec village proved to be far more frightening, strange, and foreign than any land she had ever visited.
It began when Gough’s son, shattered by his grandfather’s death, transformed from a bright, soccer-ball kicking ten-year-old into a near-stranger, falling into trances where his parents couldn’t reach him and performing ever-changing rituals of magical thinking designed to bring his grandpa back to life.
Stolen Child examines a horrifying year in one family’s life, the lengths the parents went to to help their son, and how they won the battle against his all-consuming disorder.
This book is an outstretched hand. A gift to anyone who has sought to understand the mysterious nature of OCD and its isolating, bewildering consequences. This is a tale of tenderness and devotion, a portrait of the importance of community, and a story of surprising, unexpected, light. ― Alison Wearing, author of Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter and Honeymoon in Purdah
People use the term “OCD” casually, often with a snicker. But Stolen Child demonstrates beautifully the devastation that the disease can bring, and the love that a family brings to fight it. It's a heartfelt story of a family transformed by OCD, told with compassion and honesty. ― Jim Davies, cognitive scientist and author of Riveted
What do you do when your child is stricken down with a disorder whose cure is not at all certain? If you are a rational skeptic like Laurie Gough you research everything ever written on the disorder and apply the methods of science and reason to solve the problem, without resorting to superstition or the supernatural. Stolen Child is beautifully written and emotionally evocative, but it is not just about OCD. It is about the power of reason … and love … to overcome adversity, a book that belongs among the classics of parenting. ― Michael Shermer, author of Why People Believe Weird Things, The Believing Brain, and The Moral Arc
This moving story is highly recommended as a beacon of hope for those experiencing OCD and their loved ones. ― Publishers Weekly
A journey scarier than a trip to any foreign land ― Low Down to Hull & Back News
This is a book impossible to put down. It will move you to tears. ― Ottawa Citizen
Gough’s straightforward and eloquent style quickly draws you into this memoir about her son’s battle with obsessive compulsive disorder. Even for those with no ties, this is a beautifully written, touchingly honest tale. ― Ottawa Magazine
About the Author
Laurie Gough is the author of Kiss the Sunset Pig: An American Road Trip with Exotic Detours, and Kite Strings of the Southern Cross: A Womans Travel Odyssey, shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award in the U.K., and silver medal winner of ForeWord Magazines Travel Book of the Year in the U.S. Over twenty of her stories have been anthologized in literary travel books; her work as appeared in The Guardian, The Walrus, Macleans, the Globe and Mail, the L.A. Times, USA Today, salon.com, the National Post, and Canadian Geographic, among others.
- Publisher : Dundurn (October 4, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1459735919
- ISBN-13 : 978-1459735910
- Item Weight : 10 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,266,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've been following her career and reading her articles and books for years, and I know she got a lot of hate over her views on that particular topic. After seeing the one star reviews left here I checked their dates and, sure enough, they were all written just after that self-publishing article was posted. I have no doubt that these vengeful people never even read the book. They don't mention a single detail about its contents and one bitter reviewer makes his agenda clear by stating that "you can't trust the quality of a book based off an authors credentials or their publishing house". He claims that the book isn't well written, which is interesting considering how poorly he wrote that phrase. (Based "off"?) I hope I don't seem petty. The point I'm trying to make is that his appraisal of whether or not the book is well written may not be trustworthy.
Anyway, it's really a shame because this is a beautifully written book. It's juicy. It's chock-full of vibrant details and surprises. Gough writes with passion without being sentimental, and the way she unflinchingly faced and wrote about the painful details of her family's experience is awe-inspiring. I remain an ardent fan.
Please ignore the haters. Gough's journey is well worth reading about. It's a story of loss, courage, and the strange, fascinating workings of the human mind. I highly recommend it.
Laurie is a talented story teller. I felt I was right beside her through the twists and turns of this excruciatingly difficult journey and at the end, I cheered lustily. A must-read, especially for parents searching for hope to get them through tough challenges.