- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre (March 14 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1771620250
- ISBN-13: 978-1771620253
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 299 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #426,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Writing with Grace: A Journey beyond Down Syndrome Paperback – Unabridged, Mar 14 2014
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About the Author
Judy McFarlane is a Vancouver writer, graduate of UBC's MFA Creative Writing program and former lawyer. Her fiction and non-fiction stories, one of which was nominated for the Journey Prize, have been published in Canadian literary journals and newspapers and broadcast on CBC radio. Writing with Grace is her first book.
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As well McFarlane allows us into her own inner world. Exploring deeply ones own hopes, dreams and perceived shortcomings is never easy. Sharing this information with family members can be daunting. However, sharing your inner struggles with the world in the form of a book takes a particular kind of courage. Judy McFarlane demonstrates this in spades. The brutally honest portrayal of her journey towards becoming a writer and her struggles to follow her dream through much of her adult life, are instructive for all of us as we grapple with our own hopes and dreams.
In the end, “Writing with Grace” takes us on a journey towards understanding on so many levels, and along the way provides a very thoughtful, often emotional and yet always engaging read.
Judy also unveils her own, delayed journey to becoming a writer. From the time she was a child, growing up in a small town in British Columbia, she aspired to write, but self-doubt, a detour into becoming a lawyer, and ultimately motherhood derailed her early aspirations. The maturity with which she writes, the beautiful and evocative stories she tells - including some very poignant scenes from her personal life, create a lovely, woven narrative for this, her first book to be published. I look forward to reading more of her work.
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