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Day 5: Mozart & the Whale: An Asperger’s Love Story

Posted on April 05, 2014 in Autism

Mozart and the Whale coverMozart and the Whale is an absorbing account of Jerry and Mary Newport, a couple who fall in love, date, get married, but struggle to find their ‘happily ever after’….at least initially. Their story is sweet, funny, and sometimes sad. It provides a glimpse into two lives and helps us not only understand more about life on the spectrum, but about negotiating relationships and providing support. It brings up really complex and important questions such as, “What does it take to make a marriage?”; “Can love overcome all?” Bravo to Jerry and Mary for being bold enough to pull back the curtain on their lives and their love and for sharing insights that could help any marriage.

I have not used this book much in my work with schools, but I have recommended it to many autism support groups (a topic in the book), many book clubs, and many family members of adults on the spectrum.

**Idea for using this book: Read the book and then watch the feature film based on the book. Get a group together to discuss your impressions of both.

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