Autistic children--Fiction; Mother and child--Fiction; Mormon families--Fiction
Jen Young has always felt she can make life perfect for her family—as soon as she can control everything. But now Jen’s life seems to be crumbling around her. Her husband Adam is suddenly without a job, her sister is moving far away, and people increasingly describe her two-year-old daughter as a difficult child. This is not the way Jen dreamed parenthood would be, especially with her youngest daughter.
In the middle of each night, Kaye wakes up screaming. Human interactions and parental guidance have little meaning for her. Jen makes jokes about Kaye’s public behavior to push away the pain. Marie, her four-year-old daughter, wants to know, “Why won’t Kaye play with me?” Then Jen’s new visiting teacher asks if Kaye is autistic. In Faraway Child, Amy Maida Wadsworth shares her most personal novel to date with a story about a family who faces shattered expectations, and then learns to reach out to family, ward members, and to God.