Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Queen for a Day” by Maxine Rosaler, Delphinium, June 5, 2018, for Suzy Approved Book Tours
Maxine Rosaler, Author “Queen For A Day” has written an emotional and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this story is Fiction with a realistic feel. The author writes about the main character and other mothers’ with Autistic children. The author describes the adults as complex and complicated, each with their own problems.
Mimi Slavitt and her husband try to deny that their three-year-old son has Autism. They are finally faced with the fact that Danny is Autistic, and now is the problem of what to do. Mimi finds that in the traditional nursery school and school setting, getting funding for special needs is difficult, and she turns to other mothers in similar circumstances to find out what they would do. She hires an advocate. There are different places that Autistic children can go to. If one is wealthy, the families are at an advantage.
Mimi brings up stories of other Autistic children, which are often heartbreaking, and the mother’s reactions to their children, which are even more heartbreaking. Some parents are ambivalent, and some are really stressed out. Dealing with children outside of what is considered the “norm” has many challenges. I appreciate that the author has shared the problems of getting the appropriate help to those children and families in need. I would recommend this novel.