Before and After Zachariah

Before and After Zachariah The heart wrenching story of one couple s courageous decision to have their severely brain damaged son cared for in a residential facility

  • Title: Before and After Zachariah
  • Author: Fern Kupfer
  • ISBN: 9780897333030
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • The heart wrenching story of one couple s courageous decision to have their severely brain damaged son cared for in a residential facility.

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    1. When Fern and Joseph Kupfer decided to have a second child, they had no idea how that decision would affect their lives, as well as that of their daughter, Gaby. In Before And After Zachariah, Fern describes Zachariah's failure to accomplish even the simplest tasks: walking, sitting, crawling, even holding his head up.As an infant, Zachariah was breath-takingly beautiful: long lashes, blond hair. The book's cover shows a sleeping baby (Zach) with his parents and older sister. However, it soon be [...]

    2. I read this book 24 years ago after my daughter had a disastrous medical intervention that left her disabled. It was profoundly comforting at the time, because it was so compellingly honest, and narrated the mother and fathers horror at slowly coming to terms with their child's terrible disability. The relationship between the mother and father disintegrated as the appalling diagnosis of their son became apparent. It was such a comfort to me to see that few relationships survive this sort of tra [...]

    3. I can't give an impartial review of this. I never met Fern, but Joe was my philosophy teacher for two semesters at Iowa State and I enjoyed his class both times. I read this after I graduated. So rarely, for me, did my teachers show us anything so personal about of their private lives outside of class.Though I never really knew Joe, well. He has a keen mind, and I doubt he'd be able to pick me out of a line-up as having been in his class but I wouldn't put it past him either.Regardless, it is a [...]

    4. I was priviledged enough to have Fern Kupfer as my creative writing instructor at ISU. I picked up this book in the school bookstore as I wanted to read something she had written. This book literally took my breath away. I found myself crying more than once at the raw emotion displayed on nearly every page. This book was touching and came from the heart. It's been 10 years since I read it and I still remember it like it was yesterday. A really great book.

    5. I had to read this book in grad school, but it was very eye opening. It's a mother's honest story about how she coped with the diagnosis of her son with a genetic disorder called Canavan disease, a cause of severe mental retardation and what she and her family went through. Almost too honest, but I imagine others in her situation might really benefit from her experience.

    6. This is our book group pick for this month, and the author will be present for our discussion. So excited.

    7. Awesome book - read if you work with special needs kids - if you have special needs kids or even if you don't!! It will make you think and make you cry!!

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