Matt hated crying. His tears or anyone else’s. It was too much for him. It made him want to act out and drive the feeling away with something bigger and more physical. (p. 119)
I underlined and highlighted the above sentences as soon as I read them. It reminded me so much of Norrin. He becomes very upset seeing someone cry and often acts out. Reading Matt’s explanation gave me some insight why. And it made sense.
What I admire about Dunn is that she included someone with a disability in her novel. Matt was based on Dunn’s Uncle Michael Dunn who also had Asperger’s. Matt is not the burden but in many ways the savior of the family. And his story is told with honesty and dignity. I think many parents will read this book and feel a connection to Matt.
If you’ve read The Art of Adapting, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
The Art of Adapting: A Novel may be purchased on Amazon.