Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Painful Gift

I just received my copy of "A Painful Gift", a book by Christopher Goodchild. It's the harrowing, yet ultimately hopeful autobiography of a man with Asperger's syndrome.
Darton, Longman + Todd, the London publishers, did a beautiful job, and I'm so pleased to have my illustrations a part of this project. Chris contacted me last year, out of the blue, because he had seen what is now the cover illustration in The Catholic Worker and really connected with it. He wanted to know if I would allow him to use it in the book that he was writing. I thought, "That's nice," and gave him permission, little realizing that ultimately it would turn into such a wonderful opportunity. Christopher had also seen my Way of the Cross illustrations and found great personal meaning in them. The publisher agreed that they fit his story well.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a first-hand account of growing up as child with autism.

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