Williams syndrome is a rare disorder caused by the deletion of twenty-six genes from chromosome 7. People with this disorder have a distinctive appearance and intellectual disabilities alongside some extraordinary gifts, including remarkable friendliness and empathy towards others. Some even call it “the opposite of autism”.
Writer Jennifer Latson spent months with Eli D’Angelo, who has Williams syndrome, and his mother Gayle. The result is a book that blends scientific reportage with tales of the day-to-day life of a young man who has the syndrome. Eli has a lot of personal charm, but the more negative aspects of his disability, such as anxiety and poor impulse control, make it hard for him achieve his heart’s desire and form meaningful relationships with others. Meanwhile, his mother struggles with the complexities of parenting her unusual son. This book is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. Find it in our catalog here.