Normal (Hardcover)

A Mother and Her Beautiful Son

By Magdalena Newman

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9781328593122, 272pp.

Publication Date: January 14, 2020

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A moving memoir from the mother of a child with Treacher Collins Syndrome, with a foreword by R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder

For Magda Newman, normal was a goal—she wanted her son Nathaniel to be able to play on the playground, swim at the beach, enjoy the moments of childhood that are often taken for granted. But Nathaniel’s severe Treacher Collins syndrome—a craniofacial condition—meant that other concerns came first. Could he eat without the aid of a gastrointestinal tube? Could he hear? Would he ever be able to breathe effortlessly?
In this moving memoir, Newman, with the help of her son, tells the story of raising Nathaniel, from the shock she and her husband faced when he was born, to the inspiration of Nathaniel’s own strength and quirky humor. All this while also facing both non-Hodgkins and Hodgkins lymphoma diagnoses of her own. This uplifting story of a family tackling complex and terrifying circumstances with love and resilience is a true testament to Magda and her family, and to families everywhere who quietly but courageously persist.

About the Author

MAGDALENA NEWMAN lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two sons.

Praise For Normal: A Mother and Her Beautiful Son

“Readers looking for an inspiring story about the power of the human spirit will find one here.” —Publishers Weekly