Thursday, May 7, 2009

More on The Madonna

I've had so many queries from readers about The Madonna and the Suitcase, that I'm doing another post on the book.

After having no luck with getting the book published by a publishing house, Huberta decided to self publish, and was assisted with a couple of local grants. These are the accompanying notes to the book, and Huberta's contact details for those interested in the book, added with her permission:

Huberta Hellendoorn's book tells the story of a young married couple, Dutch immigrants newly arrived in New Zealand, whose first child, Miriam, is born with Down syndrome. Rather than being sad or negative, the book clearly demonstrates how their daughter is embraced into the family with love and optimism. While this book courageously depicts the hardships inherent in raising a child with special needs, it also celebrates the joys and the triumphs.

Miriam's emergence as an artist is supported by her family, teachers and friends and her talent is acknowledged and fostered. Further, Miriam is depicted as a child and then a young woman of courage and determination and with a sense of humour and an enormous capacity for empathy and sensitivity. She is both loved and loving.

This is an extraordinary story told with insight and elegance. Huberta is a published – and a very talented – writer. The book is carefully crafted; written without sentimentality but with attention to detail and language. The stylistic device Huberta uses – the book is written as an address, or letter, to her daughter – engages the reader so that they share and are involved in the experiences.

The book, while appealing also to the general reader, would provide inspiration to any family raising a 'special' child. It would also give hope and comfort to families of stroke victims.

This is a story of grace, inspiration and hope. A story of courage, determination and celebration of creativity, as well as a valuable and rewarding resource for families caring for a child with special needs and all professionals working with people who have a disability.

Paddy Richardson

Contact details:

Huberta Hellendoorn

Books available from the author: $29.95


Tania Roxborogh said...

I am not far in with the story but I am loving it. Shame on all those from the 'proper houses' who said 'No!' to publishing it. This is well written and interesting. I am so enjoying the journey and it's not affected by the fact that I know the lovely author but, I actually really love this book because it is so well written and so well put together.

Vanda Symon said...

It is beautifully written. I'm thrilled Huberta was able to publish it, but she needed the assistance of grants, and the financial support of friends.

The Paradoxical Cat said...

Shame on the publishing houses!

I hope it becomes a best seller and they all regret turning it down!