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Birds of a Feather Alan Balter

Birds of a Feather

Alan Balter

Published May 19th 2003
ISBN : 9781591298823
Paperback
239 pages
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aRichard is our son. He is mentally retarded. On the first day of his life, his mother and I were told he was a mongoloid.a So begins Birds of a Feather, Alan Balteras strong and sensitive story of a young man with Down syndrome. As his 20th birthdayMoreaRichard is our son. He is mentally retarded. On the first day of his life, his mother and I were told he was a mongoloid.a So begins Birds of a Feather, Alan Balteras strong and sensitive story of a young man with Down syndrome. As his 20th birthday nears, Richard remains illiterate, unemployed, and dependent upon his parents. We meet two people who are influential in Richardas life: Penny, his beautiful and autistic classmate, and Max Eberhart, a morbidly obese and brilliant public accountant. This improbable trio a one with excessive chromosomes, one with excessive beauty, and one with excessive appetites a dip into each otheras lives and form a unique and powerful bond. The results are memorable, a realistic yet hopeful portrayal of people with disabilities and their friendships.