by Jo Case
Hardie Grant Books, April 2013
‘Are you going to be a good boy this year?’
‘Uh huh. I have no interest in toilet humour.’
‘No. No interest at all. I mean, I think it’s funny when, in The Bad Book, Terence takes off all his clothes. And when Horrid Henry shows his undies. But I would think to myself, That is something I should not do.’
Between juggling work, joint custody and the ordinary demands of motherhood, Jo tries to work out why her son Leo is finding it hard to fit in at school. Is it because he’s an only child? Could he be gifted?
When Leo is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Jo tries to figure out what it means – and whether Leo’s similarities to herself, and her own family, have a deeper significance.
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With lucid precision Jo Case uncovers the hidden identity of a boy and his mother. Like Helen Garner, she has a steady, careful eye, and uses it to bring back news of glorious, rackety life. A work of love and beauty.
Gutsy and heartfelt, Boomer and Me not only relays the rhythms of what it’s like to raise a child with Asperger’s, but illuminates the fundamental challenges of being any parent. Jo Case has written an honest and deeply affecting account of motherhood, with all its contradictions, anxieties and joys intact. A stunning memoir.