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The Caretakers by Shauna Nosler

The Caretakers by Shauna Nosler

* I received this book from the author who requested a review. I received no compensation for this review. and the review is my honest opinion.*
The book opens up with a young woman getting an illegal abortion the year before Roe V Wade. It was one of the most emotional things I have read this year. Ms Nosler did an amazing job describing that scene.  The book goes back and forth from 1972 to various years up to 1989. It is the story of one family. Early years deal with Mabel and one of her brothers, Jasper. While later years deal with Jasper's daughter, Rho, and her cousins, Mitch and Cecil at their Aunt Mabel's home. Ms Nosler was able to jump back and forth while maintaining the flow of the book. Her story was a compelling read. After her abortion Mabel is not able to have a child of her own. She has missing memories of parts of that night but has managed to get on with her life. Jasper has kept a secret all those years. He remembers that night …

Putting Up with Autism

I came across this blog, The One-Minute Writer, that I think has an awesome idea going on. Beth, who runs it, has a one minute timer on her blog. The idea of it is to write for one minute. She has a prompt and you can respond in her comment section or on your blog linking back to hers. How fantastic is that? There are rules so be sure to check out her Q&A if you want to participate. The prompt that I responded to is PUT UP.

 Write about something in your life that you put up with.
My one-minute response can be found on her blog - just click on the link for The One-Minute Writer above.
My longer response would be:
Autism. Without a doubt this is what I put up with. My grandson, who is four and on the spectrum, lives with me. Everyday is a challenge, sometimes a heartbreaking one. For instance, once when we were walking outside to our door and he saw some children playing. There were 2 boys and a girl. He has played often with them. This day he stopped dead and leaned against the fence…