A shift in the nature of light reveals an eighth colour in the visible spectrum. A boy befriends the last tree in the natural world. A single mother finds help at the darkest point of her life. A young man finds himself trapped in a university overrun by crows.
These stories and more form In Other Words, an anthology as diverse as the writers themselves. Some cover trauma, societal issues and stigma; others offer fragments of hope and light. Some reach back in time while others transport us to another dimension altogether. There is heartbreak, wit, humour, poignancy and above all a mastery of the imagination.
What these transcendent stories share is that they were created by autistic writers, people often dismissed as unimaginative or incapable of creativity a myth that has persisted for generations. This collection hopes to shatter those stereotypes, those misconceptions and misunderstandings, and the perception that one must be neurotypical to be afforded a voice in the arts.
I liked the fact that all the stories are written by autistic writers, I feel as though a lot of the time they don’t get to share their stories and I feel as though this is a good thing that needs to be read. So there is eight different stories in this book, they all seem to cover different things like trauma, different issues and stigma’s, there seems to be every emotion in each read too. I read each story slowly and really took the words in, and I enjoyed it. I hope this book helps other autistic writers to never give up on their dreams and also gives people an understanding what it is like for an autistic person living in the real world today. I now have more of an understanding from reading this wonderful book that I think everyone should shout about.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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