Mikey and me : life with my exceptional sister

by Sullivan, Teresa (Retired registered nurse),

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HV894.S85 2017x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  HV894.S85 2017x
CLP - Squirrel Hill Non-Fiction Collection HV894.S85 2017x
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  HV894.S85 2017x
When Mikey is young, the Sullivans are a closely knit unit, all of them devoted to caring for her. But as Mikey grows older, she also grows increasingly violent. By the time she's twelve, institutionalization is the only available option--and without the shared purpose of caring for Mikey, the family begins to unravel.
As her family falls apart, Teresa searches for relief and connection during a time of sweeping cultural change. Lacking maturity or guidance, she makes choices that lead her down a sometimes-perilous path. But regardless of the circumstances at home and the tumult in their individual lives, the Sullivans are united in their love and concern for Mikey.
In Mikey and Me , Teresa interweaves her exceptional sister's journey with her own, affirming the grace and brutality of Mikey's life, and its indelible effect on her family. Unflinching and insightful, this is a deep exploration of the relationship between two sisters--one blind, with profound developmental disabilities, unable to voice her own story, and the other with the heart and understanding to express it exquisitely for her.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Growing up in Southern California in the 1950s and '60s, Sullivan's life was fairly ordinary, but her sister was exceptional: a euphemism for what was then called brain-damaged. Blinded in the NICU by too much oxygen, then inexplicably halting development at two years old, Teresa's sister, Mikey, suffers profound disabilities. But caring for Mikey keeps Teresa busy in a well-defined role, and gives their parents' struggling marriage a purpose. When Mikey grows older and becomes increasingly violent, though, she is taken from their home by the courts, and the family unravels. Teresa's parents separate. Teresa's grades begin to slip, and before too long, she experiments with drugs. Advocating for Mikey's care, however, allows the family to come back together. Sullivan's candid, moving memoir of how her life has been shaped by her sister is emotional, easily readable, and instantly relatable. This is a must-read for anyone who cares for a person with autism or other developmental disabilities as well as a wonderful tale of resiliency and tenacity that will touch the hearts of a broad swath of readers.--Brock, Emily Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Sullivan, Mikey, -- 1953-1997.
Sullivan, Teresa -- (Retired registered nurse)
Children with mental disabilities -- United States -- Biography.
Children with mental disabilities -- Family relationships -- Case studies.
Developmentally disabled children -- United States -- Biography.
Developmentally disabled children -- Family relationships -- Case studies.
Autistic children -- United States -- Biography.
Autistic children -- Family relationships -- Case studies.
Blind children -- United States -- Biography.
Blind children -- Family relationships -- Case studies.
Brothers and sisters of children with disabilities -- United States -- Biography.
Brothers and sisters of people with disabilities -- United States -- Biography.
Sisters -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher Berkeley, CA :2017
Language English
Description 246 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781631522703
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