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The Anti-Romantic Child by Priscilla Gilman
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Oct 31, 2011

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Yale Professor Pricila Gilman had always wanted to be a mother and when she became pregnant with her first child she was elated. From the moment her little boy Benjamin was born he was an extraordinary child; he began reading and memorizing poetry at the age of two. What Gilman and her husband think is brilliance turns out to be a disorder called hyperlexia, which impairs his ability to truly communicate and create social bonds with others. The Anti-Romantic Child explores our hopes for our children and how fate can intervene and create a new set of dreams. It teaches us to embrace the unexpected in life and shows us how situations we may once have see as difficult can actually enrich our lives.

Rika G.

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