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An Unexpected Life : A Mother and Son's Story of Love, Determination, Autism, and Art - Debra Chwast

An Unexpected Life

A Mother and Son's Story of Love, Determination, Autism, and Art

By: Debra Chwast, Seth Chwast (Artist), Seymour Chwast (Preface by)

Hardcover

Published: 6th September 2011
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This book tells the story of a determined mother and her autistic son's long, difficult path.

Seth, aged 20, found a way to express himself through art and is an icon for anyone who has been in a hopeless situation & triumphs. More than simply a memoir, this visually breathtaking volume is infused with hope, inspiration and art.

Diagnosed with severe autism as a toddler, Seth Chwast seemed trapped in his own insular universe. His family endured anguish, sought countless therapies and almost gave up hope. Then, at age 20, Seth took a painting class and everything changed. Miraculously, he revealed an innate ability to create amazing artworks that reflect his own unique perspective and gave him a voice he had never had.

Written by Seth's mother, Debra, An Unexpected Life tells the story of their long difficult path and her determination to help her son.

Although Seth cannot safely cross the street alone, he is an icon for anyone who has been in a hopeless situation and then triumphs. More than simply a memoir, this visually breathtaking volume is infused with hope, inspiration and art.

About the Authors

Seth Chwast's unique works of art reflect his vision of the world. He has exhibited at Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the United Nations. His love of travel led to exhibitions in Galapagos, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago and Curacao. His enormous mural Manhattan Floating decorates the lobby of the Time Equities building in NYC. Debra Chwast has a master's in social work and was a therapist for 33 years. She is now Seth's manager, promoter and his voice. See www.SethChwastArt.com.

Prefacep. viii
Introduction: Dreamsp. 1
The Blues and Other Colorsp. 9
Facts, Fantasy, Myths, and Realityp. 21
Roller Coasters and Other Ridesp. 55
"New Friends Are Everywhere"p. 71
In Darwin's Footstepsp. 97
Auras and Aurorasp. 121
Portrait of the Artistp. 133
Dreams IIp. 155
Expecting the Unexpectedp. 169
Acknowledgmentsp. 199
Index of Paintingsp. 203
About the Authorsp. 211
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ISBN: 9781402774034
ISBN-10: 1402774036
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 213
Published: 6th September 2011
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 17.2  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.726
Edition Number: 1