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by John Thorndike

  • ISBN: 0517705427
  • Category: Relationships
  • Author: John Thorndike
  • Subcategory: Parenting
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (April 30, 1996)
  • Pages: 245 pages
  • FB2 size: 1637 kb
  • EPUB size: 1552 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
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Thorndike’s third book was a memoir, Another Way Home, about raising his son after his wife became schizophrenic. Another Way Home: A Single Father’s Story - Hardcover: 245 pages, Crown (1996)

Thorndike’s third book was a memoir, Another Way Home, about raising his son after his wife became schizophrenic. His next book, The Last of His Mind: A Year in The Shadow of Alzheimer’s, was published by Swallow Press, a division of Ohio University Press, in October 2009. Another Way Home: A Single Father’s Story - Hardcover: 245 pages, Crown (1996), ISBN 0-517-70542-7; Paperback: 245 pages, Penguin (1997), ISBN 0-14-026570-8.

John Thorndike grew up in New England, graduated from Harvard, took an MA from Columbia, then lit out for Latin America. He spent two years in the Peace Corps in El Salvador and two, with his wife and child, on a backcountry farm in Chile. His first two books were novels, followed by a memoir, Another Way Home, about his wife's schizophrenia and his life as a single parent. A second memoir, The Last of His Mind, describes his father's year-long descent into Alzheimer's.

Thorndike’s third book was a memoir, "Another Way Home", about raising his son . John Thorndike is famous for his novels "Anna Delaney’s Child", "The Potato Baron", and "Another Way Home: A Single Father’s Story. The Potato Baron 1989.

Thorndike’s third book was a memoir, "Another Way Home", about raising his son after his wife became schizophrenic. His next book, "The Last of His Mind: A Year in The Shadow of Alzheimer’s", was published by Swallow Press in October 2009. Another Way Home: A Family's Journey Through Mental Illness 1996. "Selections by John Thorndike".

A wealthy Ivy League graduate, Thorndike marries a Salvadoran woman, Clarisa, while in the Peace Corps in the late 60s. They travel around South America, get married and soon after have a son, Janir. Fancying themselves farmers, they purchase some land in Chile and get settled into a life of hippie simplicity: food, shelter, marriage, baby. But Clarisa's mental health soon begins to deteriorate.

A single dads story, . I played with some great bands during that time. Another book can be written about that. A Single Dad's Story, . My father’s mother, my grandmother worked in New York City for years as a nurse, and I was told great stories of New York City in the early days. My father had lived there for years as well. I can remember going on the subway, at about six or seven years old and going to the Automat for a sandwich with my parents and at least one brother. That was a crazy time, and most of my decisions then were fueled by ambition and partying.

Thorndike left for Ohio, with Clarisa's agreement and with Janir. What followed were hard days and nights of fathering alone

Thorndike left for Ohio, with Clarisa's agreement and with Janir. What followed were hard days and nights of fathering alone. Thorndike relates with simplicity and clarity the all-consuming nature of being a single parent, the terrors of child-rearing, the loneliness as he failed to find a mate, the rhythm of the days he spent farming the land and forging a tight intimacy with his son. The love is so palpable, so sugar-free and recognizable, it makes the heart ache. A painfully beckoning memoir of a guy raising his son solo after his wife slips away into madness. Novelist Thorndike (The Potato Baron, 1989, et. was a young Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador when he met Clarisa in 1967.

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All about Another Way Home: A Single Father's Story by John Thorndike. Staekly honest and deeply moving, this is John Thorndike's riveting story of raising his son alone as his wife slides inexorably into madness. John discovered early on how all-consuming it is to raise a child. Yet the rewards were enormous, and seldom has a child been so alive on a page.

Staekly honest and deeply moving, this is John Thorndike's riveting story of raising his son alone as his wife slides inexorably into madness. John discovered early on how all-consuming it is to raise a child. Yet the rewards were enormous, and seldom has a child been so alive on a page.
Reviews about Another Way Home: A Single Father's Story (2):
Nuadora
This book does many good things, only one of which is describing the life of a single father and his son, under challenging and interesting circumstances. The description is complete as well as honest; I feel that I know the whole story, of each of the characters, not only the memoirist. As a parent myself (for a long time effectively single, while my then-husband lived in a nursing home, virtually paralyzed with multiple sclerosis), I often smiled and laughed at passages from Another Way Home -- from "the whining stage" to the (never-ending) stage of holding onto ears as a sign of affection and (possibly) vulnerability (One of my sons did that, too, but only around age 4 to 7). As for how the father/author felt, a very poignant passage for me, occurring towards the end of the book, describes a sporty father-son romp among "the blackberry bushes besides the creek... It was a timeless scene: a brick house, a mown meadow, a man and his boy playing ball. / Yet I wasn't happy... Sometimes I was there with him... and then my mind would drift... I had my son, yet I was lonely..."

As a parent, I had moments like this, even before I was a "single" parent beginning to dream about the possibility of falling in love again. Perhaps all parents have moments like this. Perhaps all PEOPLE have moments like this, just as part of everyday life. Sometimes we're "there"... and then our minds "drift". We see scenes like this in movies pretty often. Indeed, there are universal truths in this book, as well as revelations about specific phenomena.

I want to add that the author is obviously an extremely loving parent, and it's clear, by the book's and Janir's childhood's end, that he has also been a successful parent, as well as successful author. I heartily recommend this book.
Welen
I read this book in 1997 after meeting the author at a book signing. It is his story of life with a schizophrenic, and in making the best decision for his son; to leave the boy's mother and raise Janir alone. Read it; it is an emotionally moving story, well written, and will suck you in.

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