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by James Reston Jr.

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Author:
James Reston Jr.
ISBN13:
978-1400082438
ISBN:
1400082439
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Publisher:
Harmony; First Edition edition (February 21, 2006)
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1990 kb
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This moving narrative of a father’s journey to understand and accept the profound changes in his daughter’s life is at once . Dread settles in from the first sentence of James Reston J. s Fragile Innocence, and it hovers, an unshakeable shadow, over this carefully crafted memoir

This moving narrative of a father’s journey to understand and accept the profound changes in his daughter’s life is at once memoir. s Fragile Innocence, and it hovers, an unshakeable shadow, over this carefully crafted memoir. For a time, we manage to ignore it. Reston is a successful journalist happily married to lawyer Denise Leary. They are well-connected-he comes from a Washington family rooted "in privilege and plenty," and they have ambitious careers and three happy young children. But Reston's opening sentence haunts us: "The year 1981 was the end of an era in our personal lives.

In Fragile Innocence author James Reston, J. invites us inside his family, candidly sharing . invites us inside his family, candidly sharing the joys and sorrows of raising Hillary. This is a book about the first twenty-one years of a child named Hillary.

Reston writes about his daughter, who has an unknown disease that has left her without the ability to speak or function above a 9-month-old . I felt that times that the book was a padded version of his daughter's medical record. aliciamalia, October 8, 2007.

Reston writes about his daughter, who has an unknown disease that has left her without the ability to speak or function above a 9-month-old level. It's also very flawed, in my opinion. Reston carefully documents the name of every doctor and teacher, but never mentions any at home help (yet makes it clear that he and his wife work full time, and believe it's impossible to leave the child alone).

Fragile Innocence is the story of a child devastated by pure chance James Reston has written a very touching book about his family and the illness of his daughter Hillary.

James Reston has written a very touching book about his family and the illness of his daughter Hillary. I liked how honest Jim was about the impact of a handicapped child on mother, father and siblings at different periods of their lives. It is a beautifully written love story and should be read by all to see value based decisions and real courage in action.

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His eldest daughter, Maeve Reston, is a television journalist. His book, Fragile Innocence, A Father's Memoir of His Daughter's Courageous Journey (2006), is the story of his disabled daughter, Hillary. a page-turning read" and Newsweek called it "a story of love and hope

A Father’s Memoir of His Daughter’s Courageous Journey.

A Father’s Memoir of His Daughter’s Courageous Journey. The book is marred by Reston’s distracting insistence that mothers are more attentive to their kids than fathers and that they of course feel the sorrows of children’s illnesses more deeply. When describing his and Denise’s dreams about Hillary, As usual, the mother’s dreams were more vivid.

Fragile Innocence is the story of a child devastated by pure chance. This moving narrative of a father’s journey to understand and accept the profound changes in his daughter’s life is at once memoir, biography, mystery, and drama, all centered around one remarkable young woman who cannot talk or read or understand language, but who has touched almost everyone she has ever met.At eighteen months Hillary Reston, a happy, healthy toddler, was struck by a remarkably high fever. On the advice of her doctor, her parents, James Reston, Jr., and Denise Leary, administered Tylenol and anxiously waited for the fever to subside. Five days later it did, but the damage was done. Over the course of the next five months their bubbly, highly verbal child was radically and irrevocably changed. Worse yet, no doctor could explain what evil and still unidentified force had stolen Hillary’s ability to speak or understand language, hurtled her into a seemingly endless cycle of seizures, destroyed her kidneys, and taken her to the very brink of death.For her parents, discovering what had happened to their child and how to assure the quality of her life became an obsession. This quest for answers would take them from the nation’s hospitals to the office of a pioneering geneticist in Texas and the vaulted halls of the National Institutes of Health.This very intimate story also personalizes some of the most daunting ethical issues of medicine that society faces today, including stem cell research, animal organ transplantation, diagnosis with the Human Genome Map, and reproductive and therapeutic cloning. Hillary gives these immensely complicated issues a human face, and they are pondered by Reston as a reporter, a thinker, and a father. In Fragile Innocence author James Reston, Jr., invites us inside his family, candidly sharing the joys and sorrows of raising Hillary.“This is a book about the first twenty-one years of a child named Hillary. It tells of her battle to live and our family’s struggle to help her survive as best we could, after an evil and still unidentified force robbed her of her language at the age of two, hurtled her into a seemingly endless cycle of brain storms, destroyed her kidneys, and took her to the very brink of death. That is the first half of the story, when life itself was at stake.” —From the Preface
  • A must read for anyone with a heart. You will count your blessings every day when you're done. I could never be so brave as these parents.

  • At first, I found this book very difficult to get into. It wasn't until around page 100 that I got interested. I thought the author moved away from the subject too many times, ie, he talked about his job as a writer. Really, who cares? This book was supposed to be about his daughter.

    However, the book did get a lot more interesting. I find it appalling that Hillary had to wait 8 years for a kidney transplant, and if the reason was because she was "handicapped", then that is outrageous.

    If you can get past the first boring part, it is well worth a read.

  • James Reston has written a very touching book about his family and the illness of his daughter Hillary. I liked how honest Jim was about the impact of a handicapped child on mother, father and siblings at different periods of their lives. He also gives a realistic review of care givers, uneven medical support and the role parents have to play to get what they need for their child. It is a beautifully written love story and should be read by all to see value based decisions and real courage in action.

  • fragile innocence is a beautiful memoir. hillary's story is as touching as it is exquisitely written.

    i read fragile innocence last weekend & couldn't put it down. i crawled into bed with the book on friday evening. at 1 am, i forced myself to go to sleep. and i stayed in bed reading `til 11 the next morning. i can't remember the last time i did that. i've been thinking about hillary and the entire reston clan ever since.

  • At eighteen months toddler Hillary was struck by a terrible fever which would transform her from a bubbly, verbal child to one prone to seizures, health issues, and with a newfound inability to understand language or speak. Her parents searched for answers from some of the best medical facilities in the country: James Reston Jr.'s FRAGILE INNOCENCE: A FATHER'S MEMOIR OF HIS DAUGHTER'S COURAGEOUS JOURNEY recounts their struggle for answers and solutions. All kinds of issues are touched upon here; from stem cell research hopes to animal organ transplantation; yet the center of the story, Hillary, always remains the focus. A poignant, moving story of one family's search for help.

  • A beautiful and touching portrayal of life with a significantly impaired child. Mr. Reston does a wonderful job sharing the challenges, but more importantly, the joys of life with such a child.

    No one who reads this book will ever view a family like the Restons the same way again.

  • While I have to agree with some other reviewers who found Reston's account of his daughter's struggle against some pretty awful circumstances to be curiously bloodless at times, it is nevertheless a powerful story, well-told, of a family's fight for their beloved little girl. Reston's struggle against a sometimes incompetent medical world was particularly vivid to me, particularly in how, at every turn, his family was faced with unwavering "expert" diagnostic conclusions, many of which were ultimately wrong and occasionally to the extreme detriment of his daughter. This is quite simply a very important book, and one that I'm glad I finally got around to reading.

    (In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I read this book specifically because I was curious as to how Reston's narrative would compare to my own in my book, published about two years later. As a result, I suspect that came into this book predisposed to like it.)