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Somewhere Over the Sea

A Father's Letter to His Autistic Son

by Halfdan Freihow
translated by Robert Ferguson
foreword by Ian Brown

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published: 2012

In this deeply moving and elegantly written book, Halfdan W. Freihow takes Gabriel, his young autistic son, on a journey through the full spectrum of human experience. With great love, profound tenderness, and gentle wit, Freihow captures Gabriel's triumphs and disappointments, his joy and frustration, while struggling to help him make sense of a world that he himself does not, and cannot, fully comprehend. A powerful, honest, and achingly beautiful narrative, Somewhere Over the Sea describes a complex, loving relationship that is sometimes fraught with misunderstanding, but always bolstered by unconditional love. Featuring a Foreword by award-winning author Ian Brown, this is a must-read for all parents.

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"The writing is honest and true, and Freihow both explains autism to those of us without a personal connection to it while also telling a story."

— Amy Reads
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About the Authors

Halfdan Freihow

Halfdan W. Freihow grew up in Mexico, Norway, Spain, and Belgium and has worked as a publisher, reporter, translator, and literary critic. Dear Gabriel: Letter From a Father is his first book and was nominated for the Brage Prize, the most prestigious literary award in Norway.
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Robert Ferguson

Robert Ferguson is a renowned translator of Scandinavian literature. He has also written biographies of Knut Hamsun, Henry Miler, and Henrik Ibsen.
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Ian Brown

Ian Brown is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. Brown’s reporting and writing have won six gold National Magazine awards and two National Newspaper Awards. He is also a contributor to This American Life on U.S. public radio, and host of both CBC Radio’s Talking Books and Canada’s pre-eminent documentary television series, Human Edge and The View From Here. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.

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