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Julie Sarkissian blogs about the problems facing the protagnist of her debut novel, DEAR LUCY

Something's Wrong With Lucy - But What?

Lucy is different – that much is clear. She speaks like a child, doesn’t recognize social boundaries, flies into rages, and treasures rotten food. Her cognition is impaired, her vocabulary is very limited and she cannot read or write. But what – precisely – is wrong with her is left up to the reader. Lucy is the protagonist of my novel, DEAR LUCY, and from the first sentence of the book I ever wrote it was obvious that Lucy was cognitively different. The way Lucy describes herself is as “missing too many words.” Her mother calls her “difficult.” Readers of early drafts of the book had a few theories as to Lucy’s condition; autism, Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome. But Lucy’s mother has kept her from going to school and Lucy has never seen a doctor. So in the fictional reality of the book there is no official diagnosis. But as the novel progressed I wondered – should I have one? I was torn. If Lucy was presenting enough symptoms to point to a real condition, was I ignoring the obvious not to fold that condition into my development of her character? Was it insensitive of me to allude to aspects of certain real, life-altering conditions but not assign a specific condition to Lucy? I worried about appropriating aspects of serious conditions without treating those conditions with proper respect and acknowledgement. And though any clinical diagnosis would probably not be explicit in the novel, I wondered if I would be ignoring an opportunity to bring attention to a real disorder when people asked me about Lucy’s condition, the way The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time did for autism. On the other hand, I had concerns that if I chose a diagnosis for Lucy, I would be ascribing to her qualities that she wouldn’t have otherwise presented. Lucy had her own will over my writing and over the novel. I didn’t want to yoke Lucy’s expression by keeping her behavior and abilities consistent with a clinical condition. Accuracy would also become a critical issue if Lucy’s condition was named. Ultimately I chose not to diagnose Lucy, though I worry the artistic freedom provided by that decision comes at the price of being judged for being too liberal with my treatment of cognitive disorders. Now that publication is a few months away, I am apprehensive of how my treatment of Lucy’s cognitive limitations will be judged. I have yet to talk to a reader who has a learning different child, or works with learning different people, and that conversation is one I will be honored, and not a bit anxious, to have.

Teach Yourself

Enjoy Italian Intermediate to Upper Intermediate Course

Sylvia Lymbery
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Do you want to have more meaningful conversations in Italian?Do you want to feel comfortable in a variety of situations? Using authentic conversations between native speakers as a basis, this course will help you to improve and build upon the language you already have so that you develop your skills to a level where you can enjoy talking and understand what is said. You will be introduced to more colloquial Italian so you will sound more natural when speaking and gain confidence.Is this course for me? If you already know some Italian and want to take it further, this is the course for you. It is a great refresher course, as well as being an easy way to build upon and improve your existing Italian. Taking you from a good intermediate level (level B2 of the Common European Framework), this course helps you to progress up to C1 by offering:Carefully levelled and sequenced material - a solid path to build up your knowledge. Quality listening and reading input - day-to-day conversations but also speeches, interviews and newspaper articles. Fluency building - reach a level where you can discuss sophisticated ideas in Italian. Full of authentic texts and dialogues about complex subjects, this course covers a wide range of topics of the sort you will want to talk about when in Italy and teaches you the kind of everyday language and features of speech that will enable you to communicate with confidence and feel comfortable taking part in conversation with native speakers of Italian. The choice of material aims to give you something of the flavour of Italy today and each unit is based around a single theme with lively interviews and conversations on the accompanying recording. There are activities based on the interviews and texts to help you remember what you've learnt and put your knowledge into practice. The units are divided into sessions - to help you organize your learning time and break up the material into manageable chunks - and there are reminders throughout to refresh your memory of points you have learnt. Learn effortlessly with new, easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Grammar tips Easy-to-follow building blocks to give you a clear understanding. Useful vocabulary Easy to find and learn, to build a solid foundation for speaking. Dialogues Read and listen to everyday dialogues to help you speak and understand fast. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledge Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the culture and history of France. Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

Teach Yourself

Enjoy Intermediate Italian: Teach Yourself

Sylvia Lymbery
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Sylvia Lymbery
Teach Yourself

Enjoy Italian Intermediate to Upper Intermediate Course

Sylvia Lymbery
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Sylvia Lymbery

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John Connolly

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Mikael Lindnord

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Nicholas Jubber

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Nick Brown

Nick Brown grew up in Norfolk and later studied history at the University of Sussex. In 2000 he embarked on a PCGE course at the University of Exeter and began a career as a teacher of English and humanities. Having taught in England and Poland he now lives in his home town, Norwich. The Emperor's Silver is the fifth volume of the Agent of Rome series.

Nick Hunt

Nick Hunt has walked and written across much of Europe. His articles have appeared inthe Economist, the Guardian and other publications, and he also works as a storytellerand co-editor for the Dark Mountain Project.His first book Walking the Woods and the Water (Nicholas Brealey, 2014) was a finalist for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year. He currently lives in Bristol.

Paul Jenner

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