Searching for SpenserBook - 2018
"This book is a reminder that living with a most difficult and painful thing gives us choices. Making the right one makes all the difference. Margaret Kramar has written this story for all the right reasons. And no matter who you are, you will find yourself in these pages." ~ Maryemma Graham, University of Kansas Distinguished Professor & Founder/Director, Project on the History of Black Writing.Parenting can be a struggle; especially parenting a disabled child. In this flawlessly written memoir, Kramar describes championing her son, diagnosed with Sotos syndrome, through his short life. Losing her son sends Kramar on a journey of grief. Searching For Spenser: a Mother's Journey Through Grief examines the experience of loving and losing a child and reminds us that there is a way forward through the pain and suffering. The wounds, although soul deep, do heal allowing a way to live, love, and laugh again.In Searching for Spenser, Kramar explores how she was transformed through the experience of Spenser's life and death. Writing became a creative outlet for her grief and allowed her to share her story with others. "Star Wars," a chapter from Searching for Spenser, appeared in Echoes from the Prairie in 2013, "The Soap Opera," another chapter, captured the first place award in the 2009 Kansas Authors Club District Contest. A third chapter, "The Birthday Party," appeared in Exceptional Parent magazine in 2008. A short story about Spenser was anthologized in Reading Lips: And Other Ways to Overcome a Disability, published by Apprentice House in 2008. What makes a good parent? What defines success? How do we face loneliness and despair? Kramar searches for the answers to these questions after her son Spenser is diagnosed with Soto syndrome. She is forced to look honestly at her life as a single parent of two sons, one who is disabled, who she fiercely loves. Kramar's work has appeared in Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages, The Grinnell Magazine, and numerous print and epublications. She and her family live on a small farm in Kansas where they produce organically grown fruits & vegetables.
Publisher: Lawrence, KS : Anamcara Press LLC, 2018.
Branch Call Number: RB155.5 .K73x 2018
616.042 KRAMAR M
616.042 KRAMAR M
Characteristics: xv, 239 pages ; 22 cm.