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Sep 07, 2010 | ISBN 9780767929691

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“Simply lovely. . . . Page does not glorify or mythologize his condition, nor does he render a portrait of a soul victimized by circumstance. The view from this window is merely one of the human condition, painted in emotions known to us all, yet rarely so finely drawn.” —Los Angeles Times

“An improbably lovely memoir. . . . In fascinatingly precise detail and often to pricelessly funny effect, [Page] describes ways in which his efforts to feign normalcy have backfired.” —The New York Times

“The wordsmithing is nimble and lyrical, well-tuned by a writer with a musician’s ear.” —The Washington Post Book World

“Fascinating. . . . In this tender but unsparing look back, Page . . . [leaves] readers to ponder how a condition that bedevils and isolates can also yield magicianly talent, originality, and grit.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“Eye-opening.” —People magazine’s “Great Reads”

“Page expertly fuses information about Asperger’s with personal (at times embarrassing) anecdotesand makes the result feel like Holden Caulfield with a touch of Stephen Daedalus.” —Baltimore Sun 

Parallel Play tells of Tim’s journey from lonely boy genius to Pulitzer-winning writer. One thing becomes clear: Tim’s sharp and incisive insights into music and the arts were made possible by Asperger’s syndrome, the very condition some see as a disability. I guarantee you’ll be inspired, amused, occasionally saddened and deeply touched by his story.”  John Elder Robison, author of Look Me in the Eye
“A lucid, sweetly sentimental testament to growing up different.” —Kirkus

“Tim Page’s witty, intellectually stimulating memoir almost made me wish I had Asperger’s syndrome.”  John Waters

“Tim Page has written an autobiography that is remarkable in terms of eloquently describing the life of someone who has Asperger’s syndrome. Being an accomplished and celebrated writer, his vivid use of language captivates the reader. Those who have Asperger’s syndrome, and their family members, will identify with Tim’s experiences; professionals will appreciate the descriptions of thoughts and perceptions, enabling them to achieve a greater understanding of the syndrome. The casual reader will enjoy the work of a master craftsman.” Tony Attwood

Parallel Play is a beautifully written account of Asperger’s syndrome, a riveting portrayal of what it is like to live in a psychological world that few understand. Tim Page has made this world real, poignant, and more comprehensible. He has written a fascinating and important book.”  Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., author of An Unquiet Mind and Professor of Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

“The usual stuff of teenage yearssex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ rollviewed through the unusual prism of Asperger’s syndrome makes for a fascinating YA read.” —Booklist

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