With Love from Karen Library Binding – Dec 1 1993
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Be sure and check out the Killilea_fans Description page, as it has a link to "Pertinent Postings" (the most important posts with family info) and a "Timeline" of the Killilea Family. The group has also posted a number of photos of the family as well as newspaper articles.
Marie and Jimmy did not divorce, however, "Little" Marie and her husband Ron Smiley did. On a very sad note, on 7/31/68, Gloria and Russ's two daughters, Mary De Lourdes and Evely Ann, as well as "Little" Marie's daughter, Michelle Smiley, died in a fire in the Lea's house. Gloria and her two sons escaped. Marie Killilea died on 10/23/91, Jimmy died on 7/25/94. Gloria died on 11/28/01 and Russ died on 2/15/02.
I first read these books about 27 years ago, when I was 11 years old. I discovered them in the library of my very small Catholic grade school. I was so deeply touched by these books, and Marie Killilea's deep faith and strength still impress upon me today, even though I haven't opened those books since 1974 or 1975.
As the mother of a disabled son (my son is autistic), I have often thought of Marie Killilea and remembered her and her family's strength, and wondered how in the world they were able to be so strong at a time when most disabled children were sent to institutions. There were no support groups then, and very little medical information about cp or brain injuries were available -- none, in fact, to laypersons. It's amazing that they were able to find the immense amount of support from their families and friends in the 40s and 50s.
I am so glad that these books are in print again. I plan to buy them for my 13 year old niece, and I hope that she is inspired by them as I was.
Looking back, I recognize now that the books really shaped my character and my outlook on life. Even if our own lives do not compare, Marie Killilea's absolute dedication to her family, her relationship with her spouse, her strength of faith, and her absolute refusal to acknowledge defeat in the face of her daughter's condition are all benchmarks against which we can all draw strength, perspective and encouragement.
I'm buying the books now for my eleven year old daughter. I know that she will learn from these books from her own perspective, and that they will shape her character as well.
I note a common thread amongst almost all of the reviews--what happened to the family? The need to know has been compelling ever since I read the books so long ago and every time I've cracked them since. Gloria, Karen or Little Marie--we all wish you'd share.
The Killilea family clearly had an unusual and blessed balance - tough-minded, persistent, deeply religious, but hospitable and joyous to the point where their home seemed a favourite stopping place for all whom they knew. Yet many new questions remained unanswered. "Karen," though it did not include many extended family members at length, mentioned a large family - in "With Love from Karen," even the most special occasions include many "honorary" family members but no blood relatives. One wonders if the opposition and "advice" which Jimmy and Marie received when they sought treatment for Karen had alienated them from their larger family circle. Reading of Karen's dislocation, which "could have been prevented if certain medical procedures had been followed" in her childhood, I wondered if this had bearing on why Dr. B, the first book's near-saviour, had mysteriously disappeared from mention.
The determination and cheerfulness of the Killilea's is all the more amazing, even inspiring, with "reading between the lines.Read more ›
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I was given these books as gifts when I was 16 (24 years ago)because I also have Cerebral Palsy. My mother read them when I was first diagnosed (18 months old) and thought they... Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2004 by Laura M. Mason
If you go to Yahoo and set up an account, you can join their groups, one of them being a group interested in the Killilea family. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2002
TO THE WRITER FROM GEORGIA - ALL OF US DO NOT KNOW WHAT YAHOOGROUPS ARE - AND WHAT IS THE KILLILEA BOOK CLUB - DETAILS PLEASE. Read morePublished on April 14 2002 by Diane C Kulik
I re-read this book whenever I need a boost. if you are interested in learning what has become of this family, check out yahoogroups and join the killilea book club.Published on Feb. 26 2002
I have bought Karen and With Love from Karen books when I was in high school in 1984. I have always wondered where Karen is (if she's still living) and how she is doing. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2002 by M. Steffen
I am one of the many who read both "Karen" and "With Love from Karen" as a teenager (20 years ago). Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2001 by Janet M. Robbins
I first read this book when I was twelve years old. I must have read it over and over again all through my teenage years. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2000