This is an enlightening and uplifting story. Those of us with learning disabilities will find special meaning but everyone will enjoy the story of Bobby and his family. A thoroughly good read.
Thomas H. Kean
Governor, New Jersey 1982 – 1990
President, Drew University 1990 – 2005
Chairman, 9/11 Commission
As a dyslexic, I know the many challenges of learning to read and write. N.E. Lasater has written a first novel which I believe readers will find captivating. It is especially worth the struggle for a dyslexic, giving us characters and experiences to identify with. N.E. Lasater has a true understanding of the struggles and isolation many feel. I highly recommend Farmer’s Son.
William Gaston Caperton, III
Governor, West Virginia 1989 – 1997
President & CEO, the College Board 1999 – 2012
Dyslexia made certain school subjects difficult for me (reading) and others nearly impossible (math). However, thanks to some great role models, I have learned it also offers many gifts. There are brilliant dyslexics in the world who use the fact that they see the world differently to their advantage. Farmer’s Son may use dyslexia as a backdrop, but its real story is about the universal needs we all share to be free of shame and connected to our families. This is a read everyone will enjoy.
Farmer’s Son is a page turner, full of characters you come to care and hope for. It is a story of family pride and family secrets; of cruelty and fear, love and redemption. It traces three generations of the McAllister family and the awful cost of the myriad ways we find to misunderstand each other. You will think about this book, and Garrett, Daniel and Bobby, long after you’ve finished it. . . This one is a winner.
Winner, John Dos Passos Prize in Literature
A great read. . . If I could have changed but one thing growing up, it would have been to understand why reading and spelling were so hard.
Bill Samuels, Jr.
President & CEO (1975-2011) Maker’s Mark Bourbon
Farmer’s Son reminds us that dyslexia affects people and relationships, not just test scores and classrooms. Everyone who is considered “different” will appreciate the challenges faced by the McAllister family in this saga of generations so weighed down by perceived weaknesses they are unable to appreciate and celebrate their very real strengths.
Founder of Kinko’s