Eliza Factor, Greenlight neighbor and author of the novels The Mercury Fountain and Love Maps, launches her memoir of her family’s experience raising a child with multiple disabilities. In Strange Beauty, Factor shares her story: that of a mother and writer imagining the world through the eyes of her beautiful, charismatic, and nonverbal son, Felix; a story of infectious laughter, intense physical conflict, and of two little girls growing up in the shadow of their charming and fitful brother. Strange Beauty tells a universal story, too, as Eliza and Felix navigate the perils of a health and education system not equipped to deal with people who deviate from the norm. Factor is joined in conversation with Amy Shearn, author of The Mermaid of Brooklyn, followed by a wine reception.
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