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A Rock and A Hard Place [Paperback]

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This gripping novel draws the reader into the chaotic, exasperating, and at times humorous world of Lucy, a mother of three, the oldest of whom has severe autism. Nine-year-old Hollie's erratic and often destructive behavior is putting a strain on Lucy's marriage and beginning to negatively affect her younger children. In trying to secure the best possible educational situation for her daughter, Lucy must choose between sending her daughter away to a boarding school where she has the best chance to learn and keeping her at home with her family, but where she will make very little progress. While faced with this decision that places Lucy between the proverbial rock and a hard place, she meets Joel, a man who has offered to help her secure the money she needs to hire specialists for Hollie's due process hearing. Lucy is now not only forced to make the most difficult decision of her daughter's young life but the most difficult decision of her own life as well. ! She must choose between an affair with a man who makes her feel alive and her faltering marriage and family.

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Pages   363
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 18, 2006
Publisher   Autism Asperger Publishing Company
ISBN  193128282X  
ISBN13  9781931282826  

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More About Anne Sutcliffe

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ANNE SUTCLIFFE and her husband, Mark, have four children and live just south of London, England. Their second-born, Jenny, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 16 months. Anne traces the beginning of her writing career to her jo ( working at the Hansard, the official report of the daily proceedings of the Houses of Parliament. Anne has written numerous articles on autism that have been published in British magazines and newspapers, such as The Times and the Sunday Express. Her articles have also been published in popular women's magazines, including Good Housekeeping. A Rock and a Hard Place is Anne's first full-length novel.

Anne Sutcliffe was born in 1956.

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Desperate for Respite  May 21, 2007
This book starts off with a bang. Lucy Roseman, mother of Hollie, 8, Joshua, 7 and Lisa, 4 takes a drastic step with Hollie. Her oldest child has severe autism and is incontinent and nonverbal. Her destructive behavior, while never willful is taking a major toll on the family. After taking a less than successful stand with the local special education authories, Lucy steps up her quest to find a good residential school that will meet Hollie's needs.

This book is full of unique plot twists and some expected curveballs, such as an affair Lucy has with a delightful attorney who is involved with her legal case for Hollie. An odious barracuda named Paula and an equally unpleasant doyenne who is running for mayor add to the intrigue.

Poignant parts abound; Lucy's palpable delight at the prospect of making a dollhouse with her younger daughter shows her understandable longing to enjoy normal milestones with her child. Lisa and Joshua equate Hollie to Pinocchio and ask when Hollie will become "a real girl" the way Pinocchio became real. The younger children, their interests and needs which must also be considered is a major part of this story.

This book is a bonus and a very realistic look of life raising a child with severe autism and the education system in England. Lucy is a plausible and sensible character; readers keep hoping the family will find a good place for Hollie and respite for themselves as well. Hollie's destructive behavior range from ruining a wedding (albeit unintentionally) when she soils herself; dirties the bride's gown and demolishes the cake. While a disastrous affair, one can't help smiling a bit imagining the whole scene. It takes on a Dick Van Dyke-like pratfall humor, although it could not have been remotely funny to those present.

Still, readers are hooked - one cannot put this book down until reaching the intense conclusion. Ideal companion book to Tilt

A real page turner!!  May 2, 2006
From the first page, A Rock and a Hard Place grabs the reader and doesn't let go.
Ms Sutcliffe's style is full of dry humour and genuine warmth, with vivid descriptions which leave you in no doubt that she writes from personal experience.

A very human tale, offering an insite into the joy and pain of living with, and bringing up an autistic child, along with all the usual pressures of normal family life, and the dilema of what you do when a tempting but forbidden lifeline is offered.

The story speeds along taking the reader with it. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys reading and learning about how normal people cope in extraordinary circumstances.

I am sure other readers will ask themselves what they would have done under similar circumstances...

Coralie, Oxford, UK
a fanastic read!  Apr 23, 2006
What a fanastic book giving the reader an insight into life with an austistic child. This story based on Hollie and her family shows just how challenging life can be but always you know that Hollie's family will do their best for her and you can share their high's and low's in this wonderful book.
the real story about living with autism  Apr 17, 2006
I thoroughly enjoyed this outstanding book.It is an enlightening and riveting read which I highly recommend.
A rivetting read  Apr 12, 2006
As a mum, I couldn't believe another mum needing to put their child in boarding school could possibly be the right thing. But after reading this humorous but very moving tale,I completely understood and sympathised with this lovely lady.

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