The Art of Adapting by Cassandra Dunn
Lana is having a terrible year. Her husband has left her and their two teenaged kids, and Matt, her grown brother who has Asperger’s syndrome, has moved in with her because of problems with addiction and the law. She doesn’t have time for romance and she doesn’t feel ready, but when her high school sweetheart and a coworker both pursue her, she begins to think that maybe that’s exactly what she needs.
Although he initially seems like another child Lana needs to take care of, Matt will prove to be a most valuable addition to the family. His powers of observation and his strange habits will help them through some difficult times and bring them all together. It’s an interesting storyline and nice to see. Asperger’s has been getting a lot of attention in recent years, but Matt is a fully-drawn character rather than comic relief or a tortured genius.
Told through the voices of each of the family, the story of how Lana gets her groove back is by turns humorous and touching, and infused with reality, which is a refreshing change for women’s fiction.
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