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Tom Fields-Meyer


Following Ezra

What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love from His Extraordinary Son

By Tom Fields-Meyer

(Penguin / Berkley)

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Praise for  “Following Ezra”

“A heart- and mind-altering experience for the author and an unexpectedly uplifting experience for the reader.”
A “sweet, funny memoir . . . an uplifting book…highly recommended.”
“A revelation. I could not put it down.…a great lesson about the blessings that can come when we let our unique children lead us.”
Rabbi Naomi Levy
Author of To Begin Again and Hope Will Find You
“Anyone who is raising a child with special needs should read Following Ezra. It shows how warmth and humor—yes, humor—can help not just the child, but the family, more than most of us could ever imagine.”
James Patterson
Internationally bestselling author
“In a world with such narrow yet out-sized definitions of success, this enchanting and profound book is a reminder that each child is made in God's image. I was sad to reach the last page. I'll miss following the exuberant Ezra.”
Wendy Mogel, Ph.D
Author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B Minus
“I trust the parent who yields to wonder and celebrates the unexpected. Love is the river that runs through this book. Dignity and grace light each page.”
Beth Kephart
National Book Award finalist for A Slant of Sun, and author of Undercover
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A Father’s Funny, Tender Memoir

Full of unexpected laughs, poignant moments and remarkable insights, Following Ezra is the riveting story of a father and son’s decade-long adventure, from Ezra’s autism diagnosis to the dawn of his adolescence.


This stunning memoir of a father gradually discovering his child’s remarkable abilities and mind will have you delighting in each new revelation and exulting in Ezra’s evolution from remote toddler to delightful young man.


With humor and tenderness, Tom Fields-Meyer brings to life the wondrous, textured, and surprising experience of raising a unique child.

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