Expecting Teryk: An Exceptional Path to Parenthood
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©2005. By Dawn Prince-Hughes. The author, who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), based this book on a notebook of letters she wrote to her unborn son, Teryk. In these pages, she vividly describes her psychological journey as she prepares for parenthood, and she discusses how she originally conceived of the project as a way to tell her son about his family and herself. In the beginning of the book, she describes how she and her partner (Teryk's birth mother) met, and she gives Teryk and introduction to her own extended family. She tells the story of how she knew she wanted to have a child, how it was decided her partner would carry the child, and how she selected Teryk's donor father. In the second half of the book, her writing develops a more dream-like quality as she speculates on her unborn son's development in the womb. She talks about the history of human families and human development, and what having a family will mean to her. Drawing heavily on her experiences as an anthropologist, world myths, stories, and memories from her own childhood, she weaves her thoughts on the past, present, and future into exceptionally poetic prose. While she touches on the issues of being a mother with ASD as well as gay parenting, she notes that this book is primarily about parenting. She is also the author of the bestselling book, Songs of the Gorilla Nation. (Softcover; 207 pages.)
©2007-2008. Autism Society of North Carolina.