Where We Going, Daddy?

Where We Going, Daddy?

Life With Two Sons Unlike Any Others

eBook - 2010
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Jean-Louis Fournier did not expect to have a disabled child. He certainly did not expect to have two. But that is precisely what happened to this wry French humorist, and his attempts to live and cope with his Mathieu and Thomas, both facing extremely debilitating physical and mental challenges, is the subject of this brave and heartbreaking book. Fournier recalls the life he imagined having with his sons--but his boys will never really grow up, and he mourns the loss of every memory he thought he'd have.
Though a devoted father, he does not shy away from exploring the limits of his love, the countless times he is filled with frustration and disappointment with no relief in sight. Mathieu and Thomas can barely communicate, and each in turn repeats learned phrases, such as "Where we going, Daddy?" (a favorite in the car) in what feels to
Fournier to be an eternal loop.
In WhereWe Going, Daddy? Fournier reveals everything, and that is perhaps his most remarkable quality. He does not hide behind a mask of cliché, but gives voice to the darkness that comes with disability, and the rare moments of light. Through short, powerful vignettes Jean-Louis manages his grief with cynicism and humor. For parents of disabled children, this book will offer some relief from the courage they must garner every day, a chance to let down their guard, laugh at themselves, and embrace even the ugly emotions they feel. For the rest of us, it's an unsettling and heartfelt glimpse into an otherwise unimaginable life.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, c2010
ISBN: 9781590513842
1590513843
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 107 p.)

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darcerama
Jun 20, 2012

A difficult, but honest and surprisingly humorous look at observations a father has made about his two sons who are severely handicapped.
The review on the back from Le Monde say "You must not describe this book. It will never be as good as reading it."
I will add that some of the thoughts this father has are likely to be appalling to some parents out there, but getting that glimpse of his psyche made me feel much more human.

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Jun 20, 2012

Pride? Was I so pleased with myself I wanted to leave little copies of myself on the planet?
Did I want to leave some trace, so that someone could follow me?
Sometimes I feel I HAVE left a trace, but the sort you leave when you've walked over a waxed wooden floor with muddy shoes and someone yells at you.

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