Language Arts by Stephanie Kallos (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)
This was an unexpected treat from the New Fiction shelf. Language Arts is the heart-breaking story of a father with an autistic son – a teacher who loves words and writing, with a child who cannot speak or write. It goes back and forth between the father’s childhood in Seattle (when he won handwriting awards and published a short story in the newspaper), his college years when he met his wife, and his current life as an English teacher and parent. Kallos gives readers a better understanding of what it’s like to live with someone with autism, and also gives us a great story.