Another Dawn- Kathryn Cushman

Another Dawn
By Kathryn Cushman
Published by: Bethany House
Published on: February 2011

I am not including a summary with this post like I normally do. I feel like that would really ruin the plot of the book.

I am still on the fence with this book. It was not at all what I expected and wasn't at all like I thought it would be from reading the back of the book. Grace Graham is a 25 year old woman who has made many mistakes in her life- her mother died when she was in college, she had an unexpected pregnancy and the father walked out on her, and she has more family problems that I could count. The story follows Grace as she travels home to Tennessee to take care of her father after he had surgery. What happens while she is at home, though- is another story. No really, a completely different story than what is described. (I will pause here in case you do not want to read spoilers.)

Grace was "bullied" into a group of moms in California into not getting her child vaccinated. These moms, curiously enough, are moms who have autistic children. So the story progresses and her son contracts measles- and then passes it to the entire town- which is bad b/c measles can be deadly for babies. Grace is put through the ringer by the entire town by for being so "stupid" for not vaccinating her child- she apparently didn't think about the "consequences."

This was a very engaging story. As a mom, I wanted to keep reading to make sure that the kids would end up ok. I didn't, however, enjoy the strong take that the author took on the vaccination subject. I absolutely understand that this is personal so her- I believe she had a child who had measles. I am not arguing her points for vaccinating- I am, however, dissappointed with how she treated the moms who chose not to vaccinate. She pretty much labeled them as tree hugging idiots. I am not sure if this is because she had a bad experience or because she has never known a child with autism.

I find that the mom's that choose not to vaccinated are very well educated and not the "well whatever" moms that some of the minor characters where portrayed to be.

I wouldn't reccommend this to someone who has chosen not to vaccinate or to someone that doesn't have children in thier life.

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