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Moonrise: One Family, Genetic Identity, and Muscular Dystrophy

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In this riveting and thought-provoking memoir about her family, her son Ansel, and his progressive disability, Penny Wolfson embarks on a quest that explores special education, giftedness, prenatal testing, and the genes she shares with her mother, sisters, and son. While Moonrise is an eloquent narrative of one family, it also asks profound questions about our genetic sel ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 26th 2003)
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Katherine Friedl
Moonrise is a memoir written by, Penny Wolfson, a mother of three. Wolfson writes about her family, primarily her oldest son, Ansel, who was diagnosed with Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy at age three. After an uneventful pregnancy, Wolfson describes how her first child began to change her life. People in the grocery store regularly commented on young Ansel’s beauty and intelligence, but when Ansel’s preschool called Wolfson and her husband into a teacher’s conference to discuss his frequent falls ...more
Themes: family, raising children with special needs, genes, destiny

I'm being a little picky with the rating here, but I think I'll leave it.

Penny and her husband Joe were enchanted with their little baby boy. Despite a lot of ambivalence about being a mom, she fell fast in love with this adorable child. It wasn't until he started preschool that his teachers started to notice a few odd little things. He has a strange walk. His vocabulary was great for his age, but he had some odd grammatical tics
Maria Vargason
This book was super hard to read! It wasn't that it was a "hard" book--it was the content. The subject matter is sooooo close to home that it was a little hard to bear. If you know anyone that has a child with muscular dystrophy this is the book for them to read.
Read this for a class. Good info about muscular dystrophy and what a mother and family go through when a child is diagnosed.
At times a bit too technical, but a good story nonetheless. Sad.
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