Publication Date: October 1, 2012
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A mother recounts how the birth of Andrew with Down syndrome and the loss to cancer of a second baby start a family’s journey through the maze of parenthood. With the support of a loving father, mother, and two younger siblings, Andrew mastered the skills of life and became a contributing member of society. In spite of coping with schizophrenia in his later years, Andrew remained active, happy, and full of love until Alzheimer’s stole his memory and brought his life to a close at the age of 52.
Praise For Loving Andrew…“In Loving Andrew, Romy Wyllie has written a moving, unflinching disability memoir that tells a story most disability memoirs don’t or can’t touch. This is not a book about a cute, charming kid with Down syndrome; it’s about a cute, charming kid with Down syndrome who grows up to become an independent adult with multiple challenges. It’s also about what family, love, and independence can mean – for all of us. Loving Andrew tells a story that needs to be told, a story that needs to be heard.”- Michael Berube, Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, The Pennsylvania State University
Once you Loving Andrew, you'll have a hard time putting it down. Wyllie deftly combines her inspiring personal story of raising Andrew, her first born son who is Down Syndrome, with information about how society has progressed in the treatment and acceptance of handicapped people. This is a book for everyone. – Fran Yariv, author of Last Exit and Safe Haven
This clear-eyed, intelligent memoir is an invaluable resource for anyone whose life is affected by a developmental disability. — Kirkus Review