Book review: "Matthew's Enigma" 

Even if autism hasn't impacted your family directly, you may find consolation in Matei Calinescu's memoir about his autistic son, who died at age 24. A professor emeritus at IU, Calinescu occasionally falls into overly wrought prose, even in diary entries, but mostly his is the voice of a loving, curious father. His intellectual and emotional exploration of Matthew's communicative impairments offers crisp insights into the autistic mind, while demonstrating the real gifts of parenthood: the chance to know another human well, to accept your differences and, on good days, to glory in them.

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