Loving Rachel: A Family's Journey from Grief

Jane Bernstein, Author Little Brown and Company $0 (279p) ISBN 978-0-316-09204-3
In heart-wrenching detail the struggle of a New Jersey family to cope with a near-blind, probably retarded infant daughter is chronicled in this journal that begins with the child's birth in 1983 and ends in her third year. Bernstein (Departures) and her husband, already the parents of three-year-old Charlotte, knew early on that something was amiss when Rachel remained an unusually placid baby, sleeping much of the time. Devastated though they were by the diagnosis of optic nerve hypoplasia, an uncommon disorder, the parents emerged from grief, moved through stages of conflict, researched the etiology of Rachel's condition, worked with their child and, eventually, achieved a modest reward in their daughter's limited development. The story of Rachel is also a story of a marriage and the ways families are changed when they not only accept but actively love their ""special'' child. (June)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
Paperback - 279 pages - 978-0-252-07483-7
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