Kelly Harland's stories explore her son's life to the age of 14, and the new and unexpected universe she and her husband - both professional musicians - must learn to navigate with him.
Will's fears, anxieties, and obsessions can dominate daily life, making a trip to the grocery store seem like a walk across a minefield. But amidst these unpredictable "flip-outs" and "freak-outs," there are moments of wonder. When Will finally learns the give and take of conversation, or dreams about his future, it rekindles his mother's belief that anything is possible.
Kelly Harland is a voice teacher at the Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle. She is a writer and recording artist, whose voice has been featured not only on radio and television but also in backing vocals with Ray Charles and Etta James. She is the mother of Will, who has autism.
Foreword by Jane Asher. Introduction: A New "Will". A Different Song. Moonlight. The Shock of the New. Ferryboats. Potter vs. Potter. Into the Pool. Afternoon on the Piazza. Singer. Friends. The Lunchmaker. Big Talk. The King. Escalatorland. Candy. New Voice. Soul Deep. Window. How the King Became the King. I Can't Explain It. Desiree. School Picture. One Dream. Grandma. A Boy Named Colin. Lighting the Candles. Hero. One Dream. Evolution Blues. Over Washington. Willpower. Special Needs Showbiz. A Mountaintop in Nepal. The Broken Leg Diaries.