Wrestling for an Identity in the Face of Autism

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New novel highlights boy’s struggle to find himself in chaotic family life

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With autism being so prevalent, I felt there needed to be a voice for those siblings growing up amid these struggles that families with autistic children have.

Wrestling is a true test of skill and mental fortitude: a one-on-one battle to outmuscle and outsmart an opponent. Unfortunately, the same display of will power does not always result in success off of the mat – especially in high school hallways.

In Nancy May’s new novel, “Dogs Don’t Talk,” 16-year-old Ben McDowell has found success in the gym, but struggles nearly everywhere else. Soft-spoken and a little awkward, Ben is often teased by teammates and hopeless when it comes to talking to girls. Perhaps more pressing, though, are the challenges of dealing with his family – including a mother who talks more frequently with the dog than she does with him and an autistic brother who communicates by singing Beatles’ songs.

May was inspired to write the book by events in her own life. With firsthand knowledge of the unique joys and frustrations that come from having an autistic child, May sought to ground her story with an uncommon perspective.

“With autism being so prevalent, I felt there needed to be a voice for those siblings growing up amid these struggles that families with autistic children have,” May said.

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Dogs Don’t Talk
By Nancy May
ISBN: 978-1-49175-666-9
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iUniverse

About the author
Nancy May grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a journalism degree, she moved to New York City and worked in publishing. She is currently a freelance writer and lives in Virginia with her family. Dogs Don’t Talk was inspired by situations from her own life, including having a child with autism.

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