THE PERIOD JUST PRIOR TO THE BIRTH of a child is a time of profound personal transformation for expectant parents. Expecting Teryk: An Exceptional Path to Parenthood is an intimate exploration, written in the form of a letter from a parent to her future son, that reclaims a rite of passage that modern society would strip of its magic. Dawn Prince-Hughes, rewned author of Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey through Autism, considers the ways being autistic might inform her parenting. She also candidly narrates her experience of becoming a parent as part of a lesbian couple - from meeting her partner to the questions they ask about their readiness to become parents and the practical considerations of choosing a sperm dor. Expecting Teryk is viewed through the lens of autism as Prince-Hughes shares the unique way she sees and experiences the world - as well as her aching will to be fully present for her son. Contemplating the evolutionary traditions of parenting from both animal and human perspectives and the reassurances that nature offers, Expecting Teryk is a work of sensuous wonder that speaks to the deeper realities and archetypal experiences shared by all who embark on the journey of parenthood.
Dawn Prince-Hughes lives in Bellingham, Washington. She is the author of the best-selling memoir Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey through Autism. Her other books include Gorillas among Us: A Primate Ethnographer's Book of Days and Aquamarine Blue 5: Personal Stories of College Students with Autism (Ohio, 2002).