• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (April 24, 2012)
Priscilla Gilman, a teacher of romantic poetry who embraced Wordsworth’s vision of childhood’s spontaneous wonder, eagerly anticipated the birth of her first child, certain that he would come “trailing clouds of glory.” But as Benjamin grew, his remarkable precocity was associated with a developmental disorder that would dramatically alter the course of Priscilla’s dreams.
In The Anti-Romantic Child, a memoir full of lyricism and light, Gilman explores our hopes and expectations for our children, our families, and ourselves—and the ways in which experience may lead us to re-imagine them. Using literature as a touchstone, Gilman reveals her journey through crisis to joy, illuminating the flourishing of life that occurs when we embrace the unexpected. The Anti-Romantic Child is a profoundly moving and compellingly universal book about family, parenthood, and love.
Priscilla Gilman grew up in New York City and is a former professor of English literature at Yale University and Vassar College. She has taught poetry appreciation to inmates in a restorative justice program and to New York City public school students. The Anti-Romantic Child, her first book, was excerpted in Newsweek magazine and featured on the cover of its international edition; it was an NPR Morning Edition Must-Read, Slate‘s Book of the Week, and selected as one the Best Books of 2011 by the Leonard Lopate Show. Gilman writes regularly for publications including the Daily Beast, the New York Times, and the Huffington Post, speaks frequently at schools, conferences, and organizations about parenting, education, and the arts, and is a Scholar/Facilitator for the New York Council for the Humanities. She lives in New York City with her family. The Anti-Romantic Child has been nominated for a Books for a Better Life Award for Best First Book.
Priscilla’s Tour Stops
Monday, May 7th: A Musing Reviews
Monday, May 21st: BookNAround
Tuesday, May 22nd: red headed book child
Wednesday, May 23rd: Two Bears Farm and the Three Cubs
Thursday, May 24th: The Feminist Texican [Reads]
Tuesday, May 29th: Along Came the Bird
Wednesday, May 30th: It’s a Crazy, Beautiful Life
Thursday, May 31st: Overstuffed
Monday, June 4th: Age of Autism
Tuesday, June 5th: A Slice of My Life
Wednesday, June 6th: Cheerios Underfoot
Thursday, June 7th: Family Volley
Thursday, June 7th: Musings of a Marfan Mom
Friday, June 8th: Outrageous Fortune