A FATHER'S ACCIDENTAL EDUCATION IN AUTISM
Joel Yanofsky tried for years to start this memoir. "It's not just going to be about autism," he told his wife, Cynthia. "It's going to be about parenthood and marriage, about hope and despair, and storytelling, too."
"Marriage?" Cynthia said. "What about marriage?"
A veteran book reviewer, Yanofsky has spent a lifetime immersed in literature (not to mention old movies and old jokes), which he calls shtick. This account of a year in the life of a family describes a father's struggle to enter his son's world, the world of autism, using the materials he knows best: self-help books, feel-good memoirs, literary classics from the Bible to Dr. Seuss, old movies, and, yes, shtick. Funny, wrenching, and unfailingly candid, Bad Animals is both an exploration of a baffling condition and a quirky love story told by a gifted writer.
Winner of the 2011 Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction
“Sardonically funny and heartfelt enough to draw tears, an immensely satisfying read.”
—The Gazette (Montreal)
“I love books where the author has the ability to make me laugh out loud one minute and fill up with tears the next. This book does all that and more. It is reflective, touching, humorous, and heartbreaking.”
Joel Yanofsky previous book, Mordecai & Me: An Appreciation of a Kind, won the Canadian Jewish Book Award and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction. He has won two National Magazine Awards and is a regular book reviewer for Montreal’s Gazette.