The Kristin Book: Update 2013
by Robert Nichols, ©2013
This book tells, with the heartfelt power of a father's poetic prose, the story of the first sixteen years of the life of his daughter Kristin, an amazing human being who at birth was described as being a vegetable. It took Robert Nichols over ten years to write this little book telling the distress and delight of his years as the father of a child with Down syndrome.
But, this is not a book about a chromosomal abnormality, or even about disability. It is the story, wrenched from the very souls of Robert and his wife Carol and their daughter Kristin, of a family confronting difficulty with love, humor, and compassion.
In this 2013 update of The Kristin Book
, the original 1987 text is included along with an update of the ensuing twenty-five years since publication with sections written by Robert, Carol, and Kristin Nichols. This book tells a difficult, sometimes sad story of the unfairness, the danger, and, the cruelty of the world Kristin has known and her parents have battled. But, mainly, it is the story of a fine human being who, throughout her life, has been a source of joy, inspiration, and a lot of good laughs to any who have been fortunate enough to know her. The Kristin Book: Update 2013
, with unflinching honesty and passionate truth, will give the reader artful cause to weep, to laugh, and to celebrate the wonderful potential that is implicit to the human spirit.