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The Martian child: [a novel about a single father adopting a son]

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A Novel about a Single Father Adopting a SonBased on a True Story "Oh. One more thing: Dennis thinks he's a Martian . . . ." Soon-to-be parents are instructed to "expect the unexpected." Good advice, it turns out. Especially for the anxious or apprehensive parent who is considering adoption.How can one know about an adopted child?All David Gerrold knew for certain was that he wanted to be a parent. As a single gay man he thought adoption would be the most direct route to fatherhood. But he soon found out-to both his joy and dismay-that the emotional route to fatherhood was anything but direct. In fact, it was a roller-coaster ride that changed his life forever.When he first saw the picture of eight-year-old Dennis beaming up at him from the photograph in the adoption book, David knew this was the boy for him.But these were the facts: Abandoned as an infant by drug-addicted parents. Documented abuse. Shuffled from one foster home to another. Deficit hyperactivity disorder. Ritalin to control his violent emotional outbursts. For his antisocial behavior: Disipramine. The conclusion from experts: Dennis was "hard to place." A polite bureaucratic euphemism for unadoptable. It was a depressing assessment that David could not- would no t-accept.He needed Dennis. And he believed Dennis needed him. It was that simple.Until the reality of single fatherhood set in.A searingly honest, funny, moving, and heartfelt portrait of the joys and perils of parenting, The Martian Child is David Gerrold's valentine to the redemptive value of love,in this case a father's love for his son. A son who thinks he's a Martian.
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Grouped Work ID0581a6d8-7b9a-7f24-4a5c-2bc627644b54
Grouping Titlemartian child a novel about a single father adopting a son
Grouping Authorgerrold david
Grouping Categorybook
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display_descriptionGerrold, a science fiction writer from California, adopts a son who has a slight behavioral problem. He believes himself to be a Martian. Gerrold begins the long, involving work of trying to earn the acceptance of Dennis, a hyperactive eight-year-old who desperately wants a father's love, but is so insecure he feels he must be an alien. Gerrold's semi-autobiographical memoir of the first two years with Dennis is a funny, endearing, heartbreaking, and beautifully written testament to fatherhood.
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ils:.b1480539xBookBooks1st ed.EnglishForge Books, c2002.190 p. ; 22 cm.
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subject_facetAbused children -- Fiction
Adopted children -- Fiction
Autobiographical fiction
Boys -- Fiction
Domestic fiction
Fathers and sons -- Fiction
Gay fathers -- Fiction
Single fathers -- Fiction
title_displayThe Martian child : a novel about a single father adopting a son
title_fullThe Martian child : [a novel about a single father adopting a son] [electronic resource] / David Gerrold
The Martian child : a novel about a single father adopting a son / David Gerrold
title_shortThe Martian child
title_sub[a novel about a single father adopting a son]
topic_facetAbused children
Adopted children
Fathers and sons
Gay fathers
Single fathers