Harmony From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel a taut emotionally wrenching story of how a seemingly normal family could become desperate enough to leave everything behind and move

  • Title: Harmony
  • Author: Carolyn Parkhurst
  • ISBN: 9780399562600
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel, a taut, emotionally wrenching story of how a seemingly normal family could become desperate enough to leave everything behind and move to a family camp in New Hampshire a life changing experience that alters them forever.How far will a mother go to save her family The Hammond family is living in DC, wheFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel, a taut, emotionally wrenching story of how a seemingly normal family could become desperate enough to leave everything behind and move to a family camp in New Hampshire a life changing experience that alters them forever.How far will a mother go to save her family The Hammond family is living in DC, where everything seems to be going just fine, until it becomes clear that the oldest daughter, Tilly, is developing abnormally a mix of off the charts genius and social incompetence Once Tilly whose condition is deemed undiagnosable is kicked out of the last school in the area, her mother Alexandra is out of ideas The family turns to Camp Harmony and the wisdom of child behavior guru Scott Bean for a solution But what they discover in the woods of New Hampshire will push them to the very limit Told from the alternating perspectives of both Alexandra and her younger daughter Iris the book s Nick Carraway , this is a unputdownable story about the strength of love, the bonds of family, and how you survive the unthinkable.

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    1. "Today you may be the mom whose child seems to old to be having a tantrum in the post office (or the one whose child is touching her head to the floor of a Chinese restaurant—right there, she's doing it again), but tomorrow you may be the mom whose child holds forth on the difference between 'time' and 'thyme' in the produce aisle of the grocery store."Life for Alexandra Hammond and her husband Josh seemed to be going well, living in Washington, DC, raising two young daughters—not bad for a [...]

    2. 3.5 All parents can relate, times when your child or children are so frustrating you feel at the end of your rope, or wish you had one handy. For many this is a temporary state but for others, those with more challenging children the frustration in ongoing, often causing unbearable stress on the parents, their other children and on the marriage itself. This is where Alexandra finds herself, her daughter Tilly, diagnosed with an unspecified disorder on the autism spectrum. Brilliant mind but unab [...]

    3. Alexandra and Josh Hammond have two daughters – Tilly, who is thirteen, and Iris, eleven. Their eldest daughter, Tilly, is on the autistic spectrum and Alexandra is finding it increasingly difficult to cope with her behaviour. Although she loves her dearly, her challenging behaviour has seen her forced to leave school after school, until her mother she feels she has nowhere to go. Compounding her guilt is the fact that she feels she is failing her daughter, or, worse, might be making matters w [...]

    4. This book gave me the creeps from jump. The entire concept of uprooting your family, throwing away everything your children have known (literally) and making some radical Luddite lifestyle change in a cultish camp deep in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, based on the philosophy of a completely childless child behavior "expert" struck me as completely ludicrous. Really? Just dump your life, give away all your stuff, and move to a pest-ridden cabin in the woods? No. It read like a horror nove [...]

    5. This is a very interesting story with well written perspectives and characters. I read an advanced reader's copy so it will probably be more smooth when it comes out, but very good premise.The book is told from different perspectives; Alexandra, a mother of two daughters. One has a diagnosis of PDD-NOS. the other is neurotypical. The main perspective is by 11 year old Iris, the NT child. Then there is Tilly, the different one. The family (including a father) sell everything to start a camp calle [...]

    6. I found this book fascinating. Perhaps as the mother of a son who has learning disabilities, I particularly related to this story of a family in crisis over a daughter who is on the spectrum. They are desperate and feel isolated. When Scott Bean, an "educational consultant" offers support, understanding, and a way to cope, they willingly follow him to help run a camp for families in a similar position. The question, of course, is, Are they joining a cult?The story is written from several perspec [...]

    7. This is a book with a powerful message--per a Litsy user, "kids with autism are people, not problems"--but the plotting didn't really satisfy me. Full review to come.

    8. 4.5 starsThis was so good I literally read it in one sitting. The author did a fantastic job of capturing the desperation of these families and showed how far they were willing to go to help their kids. I felt like I was right there with them as I read the book. This brought about a lot of emotions and opinions for me, and that's a sign of good writing. I felt involved (if that makes sense) and like I was part of things. There were times I questioned how the parents acted, and how they allowed t [...]

    9. Alexandra and Josh Hammond love their daughters Tilly and Iris fiercely and completely. But Tilly has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum and presents quite a challenge. She can be brilliant, creative and clever, but also frustrating, uncontrollable and exhausting. Alexandra will do anything to find the help and support she so desperately seeks in order to be a good parent to Tilly and Iris. So when by a random chance she connects with Scott Bean, who proclaims to have all the answers, she fee [...]

    10. I felt that this book could have been better. There was a lot of good information here about spectrum disorders, but there was something missing. I don't think the plot ever really took off, it was just blah. I kept trying to figure out what angle this book was playing at, and I never really could. I didn't know if the main focus was about autism or if the main focus was about this "camp harmony" idea. Overall, I just didn't really like it.

    11. Harmony did not end up being what I anticipated. I really like Carolyn Parkhurst's writing and enjoyed her other books. Harmony had great poignant statements and character thoughts but the plot moved slowly and the culmination was kind of strange and anticlimactic. The character of Scott Bean gave hints to a dark side and I was expecting a big secret (especially since he liked hearing the secrets from the kids in the CG). His storyline fizzled along with the conclusion of the experience of the C [...]

    12. 3.5 stars. What do you do when your child (on the autism spectrum) has been kicked out of all the schools in your area? Desperate to find a place to raise their two girls, the Hammonds are driven to extreme measures and move to Camp Harmony, led by the complicated and charismatic Scott Bean. Harmony is fast-paced and unsettling with convincing characters - especially the children, Tilly and Iris.

    13. A title like this puts you on edge right away, asking how things might turn out to be unharmonious. Camp Harmony is parenting guru Scott Bean’s brainchild: a New Hampshire getaway for problem children and their families. When the Hammonds leave their Washington, D.C. life behind and set out for Camp Harmony in the early summer of 2012, they’re at the end of their rope with their 13-year-old daughter, Tilly, who’s on the autistic spectrum and has been let go from her special school because [...]

    14. The blurb says that it's a book about a desperate family, who turns to the last resort to help their daughter after she is kicked out even from a school for children with special needs. Based on that blurb I was expecting a psychological drama that would explain how the family managed to deal with their situation in the end. Those expectations were completely false. An "unputdownable story" (such a lovely word)? About the strength of love, the bonds of family, and how you survive the unthinkable [...]

    15. This the story of a families journey living with a daughter who is not typical, "on the spectrum."The author does a good job at conveying and demonstrating that each and every individual labelled as "on the spectrum" is different. What works for one individual may not work for another. I love how the family grew, and how this was similar in ways to what the parents of the individuals I work for have told me of their own journeys.I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

    16. After reading an advanced copy of the book, I was angry at the characters especially Alexandra. I have worked with kids like Tilly for ten years and know how hard it is day in and day out. But I can't think a mother would think a camp like this would be a good idea for anyone's children. I know it's a fictional story but it it too close to home. I kept thinking of the things we do and how our behavioral specialist would have had a field day with Scott.

    17. I am an avid reader. The books I read are about evenly divided between my kindle and audiobooks (as well as the occasional book book). There are some books that translate perfectly to the listening experience and Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst was such a book. In a broad way it's about what you come to see more and more to be, a cult. But it's not a cult in the traditional way where the leader has to slowly convince the participants to drink his cool aid, because these particular participants are [...]

    18. *I received a copy of this from the publisher through a giveaway.*I wasn't enjoying this book and after some deliberation I chose not to force myself to finish it.I was originally really intrigued by the premise of the story, and especially excited to read a novel exploring the effect having a child on the autistic spectrum has on the parents and the siblings of said child. (One of our close family friends has a child with Autism and watching how this effected their family before and after diag [...]

    19. Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst is a very highly recommended, original modern family drama.Alexandra and Josh Hammond are raising two girls, Tilly, 13, and Iris, 11. They have struggled with the challenges of raising Tilly, who is on the autism spectrum and has officially been diagnosed as PDD-NOS, or "pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified." Tilly can be remarkable, but she can also be overwhelming. Alexandra has been talking and getting advice from Scoot Bean, a child developmen [...]

    20. An interesting book about a family dealing with their daughter who is on the autism spectrum. Or as the mother says “ Asperger's is almost right, but it doesn't describe her completely; you also suspect that Tourette’s may play a role, though you haven't really explored it. Labels oversimplifybut they also serve a purpose”. It's fascinating to see how each member of the family deals with the situation. The story is told from alternating points of view between the mother (the back history) [...]

    21. Last week I wrote a review of a book about a family with a son on the spectrum, observing that it seems all in such books I'd read it was a father dealing with a son with the condition. Here, a daughter's condition provides the cause for a family to uproot itself, sell all, and move from Washington DC to a New Hampshire lakeside camp purported to promote understanding among such families. Told from the viewpoint of the women in the family, it gives an entirely new slant as to what it means. Thir [...]

    22. A stunning look at what it means to be a parent -- the choices we make and how they impact our families and children. Harmony is about a family with an autistic child and the lengths they will go to create and find a nurturing environment for their daughter. For the Hammond family, it means leaving behind everything they know for an utopian camp run by a child behavior guru. Told through alternating perspectives of mother and daughter, Harmony shows us just how far we will go for family and what [...]

    23. I absolutely adored this novel. Deftly told, deeply nuanced, and utterly riveting, HARMONY is the story of one family's desperate struggle to come together without tearing apart. I can't recommend this wonderful book strongly enough.

    24. Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst is a modern story, a story of today’s America and beyond. The Hammonds fall in love and marry and have a child. They name her Matilda Grace (Tillie). As time goes by, as their child grows older, they realize her brain may be wired differently (my words). She is a very bright child, but she has obsessions. Right now she is obsessed with massive monuments like that Buddha that was destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. She is also fascinated with inappropriate lang [...]

    25. I read a lot of books. I am about to catch up to my record of 160 books read in one year in about a week. There are many books that I like and will praise, but know that I probably won't re-read them, but they were fun at the time. There are a few books in my many read books that jump to the list of mind-blowing books. Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst is one of those mind-blowing books. This is one that needs to be read.The story is told from three perspectives- Alexandra- the mother from the past, [...]

    26. We first meet the Hammond family as they are driving to Camp Harmony, a "family retreat" in New Hampshire. From the perspective of 11-year-old Iris, we learn that the family has sold their home in Washington D.C. and intends to go live in the woods under the direction of Scott Bean, a parenting guru of sorts. The reason they're giving up everything to live a life free of electronics, processed foods, etc is Iris's older sister, 13-year-old Tilly, who is on the autism spectrum. She's extemely int [...]

    27. From the prologue, the reader knows that this story will not end well. Additionally, the prologue hints of a disaster involving a charismatic fellow and his devotees. From the novel description, the reader learns the story involves a family with two daughters, one falling on the autism spectrum, and the parent’s devotion to the wisdom of a “self-styled behavior guru”.Author Carolyn Parkhurst tells her story from the perspectives of the two daughters, Iris and Tilly, and their mother, Alexa [...]

    28. How do seemingly intelligent people fall for the purveyors of snake oil? That query lies at the heart of HARMONY.The novel is told largely through the eyes of Iris, the sibling of an autistic sister, a use of POV that gives the author some space to tell the story from a more naive perspective. The parents, in a quest to find a cure (or a method for coping) with Tilly's anti-social behavior, leave the world behind and follow their autism guru into an isolated wilderness where said guru is complet [...]

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