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Book Title: Radiance Descending|
The author of the book: Paula Fox
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Reader ratings: 5.3
Edition: Turtleback Books
Date of issue: November 9th 1999
ISBN 13: 9780613230261
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Radiance Descending by Paula Fox is aimed towards a high school audience but Fox's writing is as en pointe as ever and this book is worth reading at any age.
Paul is three years old when his parents return from the hospital carrying his new baby brother, Jacob. Although he notices that the baby looks different, it is only as Jacob grows older that Paul begins to understand what it means to have Down's Syndrome. And from his point of view, it means that Jacob gets most of his parents time and energy and is an embarrassment to Paul and a burden he's not interested in shouldering.
The book describes Paul's on-going rejection of his brother and without judgment looks at what having a child with special needs does to a family. As the parent of such a child I can be very hard on books that attempt to describe this experience without having had it.
Not in this case.
Radiance Descending is a sensitive look at a loving family's struggle to raise two children to become their fullest selves. The writing is lovely and the relationships depicted are full and more complex than many such stories (though still somewhat simplified.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in reading one portrayal of such a family that does not pretend to represent the experience of all families or all children with special needs. Despite some over-simplification, the overall effect is both informative and touching.
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Read information about the authorPaula Fox was an American author of novels for adults and children and two memoirs. Her novel The Slave Dancer (1973) received the Newbery Medal in 1974; and in 1978, she was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal. More recently, A Portrait of Ivan won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 2008.
A teenage marriage produced a daughter, Linda, in 1944. However, given the tumultuous relationship with her own biological parents, she gave the child up for adoption. Fox later attended Columbia University, married the literary critic and translator Martin Greenberg, raised two sons, taught, and began to write.
The daughter Fox gave up for adoption, Linda Carroll, is the mother of controversial musician Courtney Love; making her Love's grandmother.
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