Yet, Reston is no distant or detached parent. It is tremendously time-consuming, there is danger lurking all over the place, and there are life and death questions. The marriage has survived, and in his book, Reston takes every opportunity to express his love for Leary. He was still struggling as a writer financially, and at the same time, he was writing a play about Guyana for a repertory theater in Providence.
It was a pure artistic experience and I really wanted to do it, but it was a real sacrifice for my family. Hillary was very ill then, and I think there is a certain amount of resentment that I did that. But in a recent interview and in his book, Reston seems to express guilt over not having the same commitment or sensitivity as his wife.
His belief in the emotional gender divide of parents is puzzling.
Fragile Innocence: A Father's Memoir of His Daughter's Courageous Journey
To buy into his claim that fathers suffer less than mothers would require passing judgment on a man who has spent 22 years in a living nightmare, which never abates. Professionally, Reston retooled his career, shifting gears from contemporary subjects that required investigative on-site reporting, turning instead to historical subjects. He says he "never really thought about" the reason for the shift in focus when he published a biography of Galileo in But looking back, he sees that he was needed at home.
Hillary demanded more acute care. One of the devastating effects of her medical problems was kidney failure in To keep her alive, she had to have dialysis eight hours every night. The process was labor intensive, complicated by the fact that she sometimes bit through the tube that flushed fluid into her stomach. Keeping her healthy and keeping her safe have been two competing challenges. At home, the family was dealing with a growing girl who was impulsive, incommunicative and had regressed to infancy.
Her family had no idea what she knew or how to teach her to control her behavior. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 29, Barbara rated it it was amazing. Awesome story, amazing parents, inspiring daughter. Written from the heart. Loved it!
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Dec 28, Robert rated it it was amazing. While I have to agree with some other reviewers who found Reston's account of his daughter's struggle against some pretty awful circumstances to be curiously bloodless at times, it is nevertheless a powerful story, well-told, of a family's fight for their beloved little girl.
Reston's struggle against a sometimes incompetent medical world was particularly vivid to me, particularly in how, at every turn, his family was faced with unwavering "expert" diagnostic conclusions, many of which were ulti While I have to agree with some other reviewers who found Reston's account of his daughter's struggle against some pretty awful circumstances to be curiously bloodless at times, it is nevertheless a powerful story, well-told, of a family's fight for their beloved little girl.
Reston's struggle against a sometimes incompetent medical world was particularly vivid to me, particularly in how, at every turn, his family was faced with unwavering "expert" diagnostic conclusions, many of which were ultimately wrong and occasionally to the extreme detriment of his daughter. This is quite simply a very important book, and one that I'm glad I finally got around to reading. In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I read this book specifically because I was curious as to how Reston's narrative would compare to my own in my book, published about two years later.
As a result, I suspect that came into this book predisposed to like it. Mar 24, Alicia rated it liked it. This book is popping up everywhere. Terry Gross interviewed Reston a few weeks ago, and Entertainment Weekly ran a long review. Reston writes about his daughter, who has an unknown disease that has left her without the ability to speak or function above a 9-month-old level. It's intriguing. It's also very flawed, in my opinion. Reston carefully documents the name of every doctor and teacher, but never mentions any at home help yet makes it clear that he and his wife work full time, and believe This book is popping up everywhere.
Reston carefully documents the name of every doctor and teacher, but never mentions any at home help yet makes it clear that he and his wife work full time, and believe it's impossible to leave the child alone. He also makes huge statements and completely fails to back them up in any way.ipdwew0030atl2.public.registeredsite.com/352308-how-to-set.php
Fragile Innocence A Fathers Memoir Of His Daughters Courageous Journey.
His nervous breakdown gets 2 paragraphs, leaving one to wonder if it was just a figure of speech, or an actual episode? I felt that times that the book was a padded version of his daughter's medical record. Nov 06, Amanda rated it did not like it. This was definitely not what I was expecting.
I had assumed that the book would be mainly about Hillary and her illness, but it ended up being about her father and his struggles as an author. His daughter seemed to take a backseat for most of the book. I honestly don't think I could recommend this, which is extremely unfortunate. I know there is only so much he can write about since her illness remains undiagnosed, but there was more to her life than him traveling around the world to write his b This was definitely not what I was expecting.
I know there is only so much he can write about since her illness remains undiagnosed, but there was more to her life than him traveling around the world to write his books.
I really wish he had included less of his life and more of hers. Apr 23, Jacquie rated it really liked it. This book is heart rending as the parents try to find the cause of their daughter's sudden disability at age 2 and traces her life and theirs as they worked through the turmoil of life, including the desperate need for a kidney transplant. The book finishes on the upswing of the miraculous result of the kidney transplant and the coming of age, at Learn More. Flag as inappropriate.
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