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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.

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NIV Holy Bible (Hodder Classics)

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NIV Action Study Bible

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NIV Bible for Journalling and Verse-Mapping

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NIV Bible for Journalling and Verse-Mapping

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NIV Thinline Cloth Bible

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A handsomely presented cloth-bound Thinline NIV Bible with elastic strap closure and 7.25PT British Text.With over 400 million Bibles in print, the New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible. It is renowned for its combination of reliability and readability. The NIV is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study.This Bible also features:- clear, readable 7.25pt text- easy-to-read layout - shortcuts to key stories, events and people of the Bible - basic reading plan - quick links to find inspiration and help from the Bible in different life situations.- Short concordance- British text Royalties from all sales of the NIV Bible help Biblica in their work of translating and distributing Bibles around the world.

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NIV Larger Print Burgundy Hardback Bible

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This traditional hardback burgundy NIV Bible has 11pt print, making it easier to read for those who prefer larger text. The text is very clearly laid out on the page in two elegant columns, with minimal show-though. The cover design is the same as the standard NIV Popular Burgundy Hardback Bible (ISBN 9781444701487) which matches the stock of burgundy hardback pew Bibles churches will already have. The pagination is also the same, so everyone can turn to the same page when a reference is given out in church. It also features Old and New Testament maps, shortcuts to key stories, events and people of the Bible, a reading plan and Bible guide, quick links to find inspiration and help in different life situations, and British spelling, grammar and punctuation. Royalties from all sales of the NIV Bible help Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, in their work of translating and distributing Bibles around the world.

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NIV Audio Bible in One Year read by David Suchet

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NIV Journalling Bible for Colouring In

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NIV Larger Print Compact Single Column Reference Bible

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A single-column, reference NIV Bible with 9.5pt text - larger and easier to read than the NIV Popular range.A durable hardback New International Version Bible from the NIV Larger Print range. This Anglicised edition has 9.5pt text, with a single-column layout, marginal cross-references and a concordance.Please note that the page numbers of this Larger Print NIV Bible do not match the page numbers of the NIV 2011 Pew Bibles. If this is important for you, you may wish to consider the NIV Clear Print Bible (ISBN 9781444745252).This edition uses British spelling, punctuation and grammar to allow the Bible to be read more naturally.With over 400 million Bibles in print, the New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible. It is renowned for its combination of reliability and readability and is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study.

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NIV Large Print Single-Column Deluxe Reference Bible

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NIV Super Giant Print Reference Bible Turquoise Imitation Leather

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For the first time, a super giant print Bible in the bestselling modern-English translation. This turquoise Italian Duo-ToneT NIV Bible boasts an incredibly generous 16.5-point font size, along with end-of-paragraph references and an NIV dictionary/concordance - all the features your customers are asking for. This Bible contains American English spelling and grammar.

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The Complete NIV Audio Bible

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NIV Women's Devotional Bible

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NIV Men's Devotional Bible

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NIV Bible - Words of Christ in Red

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The New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible translation. It is renowned for its combination of reliability and readability and was fully revised and updated in 2011 for the first time in 25 years. This NIV Bible features:Words of Christ in red (red text will only appear if your e-reader has a colour display)Specially developed easy navigation systemQuick links to key stories, events and people of the BibleQuick links to inspiration and help from the Bible for different life situationsLinked Bible reading planBible timelineOverview of each book of the BibleBritish spelling, punctuation and grammarThis revised and updated edition of the NIV takes into account changes in the way we use language day to day; advances in biblical scholarship and understanding; and the need to faithfully reflect whether men and women are referred to in each instance, using gender accurate language. The translators have carefully assessed a huge body of scholarship, as well as inviting peer submissions, in order to review every word of the existing NIV to ensure it remains as clear and relevant today as when it was first published.Royalties from all sales of the NIV Bible help Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, in their work of translating and distributing Bibles around the world.

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NIV E100 Bible

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The Bible is the world's best-selling book - it is the most popular, most inspiring and most controversial book ever written. Packed with amazing stories and profound teachings, it has the power to Inspire, challenge, educate, puzzle amuse, inform and comfort. Essential 100 brings together one hundred essential readings and includes a short reflection on each, giving you the big picture from Genesis right through to Revelation Take up the challenge and allow the Bible to help you hear from God as he speaks into your life today. The E100 challenge is being taken up all over the world, inspiring people to make a commitment to read the Bible. The E100 Bible is a key resource for this journey of discovery. The E100 Bible uses Bible text from the New International Version. With over 400 million copies produced, the NIV is the most popular Bible translation in modern English.

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NIV Bible In One Year Hardback

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The Story

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The Story for Kids

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The Story: Teen Edition

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