Always Liza to Me: A memoir for my silent sister

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Allen & Unwin, Jun 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages
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Liza is different. She can't talk. She can't walk properly. She's funny-looking and when she upsets people, which she almost always does, trying to bite or scratch them, we have to tell them it' s not her fault; that she doesn't understand. Sometimes I don't understand either.

This is the story of the Rice family, and of Liza, their severely mentally-retarded eldest daughter. It's a story about what it was like growing up in a large, rowdy household forever in the thrall of this unknowable, unreachable child. When she was small Cecilia always believed Liza would not survive to adulthood, that she would never be her 'problem'. But she did survive.

With warmth, wisdom and humour, Cecilia reveals how her family came to think of 'the Liza problem' as theirs and how, through the passing of time and a mysterious process of acceptance and forgiveness, their fears and resentment turned into fierce loyalty and abiding love.

This is more than a memoir about the difficulties, challenges and rare rewards that come with caring for a disabled child. Eloquently told, Always Liza to Me is an uplifting chronicle of how even the most mixed-up of families can teach us great lessons and inspire great love.
 

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Contents

1 veritas
1
2 if
7
3 baby doll
12
4 brotherley love
19
5 departures
29
6 school
38
7 the mountains
46
8 deb
58
15 dreams
128
16 venturing
136
17 heartbeat
148
18 moving on
156
19 the inner corridor
162
20 the unforsaken
170
21 new millennium
180
22 mums outing
188

9 the outdoors
69
10 leaving childhood
81
11 difference
94
12 freedom
100
13 margaret enquires
110
14 heartbreak
121
23 happy returns
196
epilogue
200
postscript
202
acknowledgements
203
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About the author (2009)

Cecilia Rice grew up in a large family in the 1960s. At university she studied law and drama, majoring in film. Cecilia has practised as a solicitor in the private and public sectors and now works in broadcasting regulation and media policy. She has been an active member of a writing group and a book club. Along with other family members, she is on the Unit Management Committee of the Twain ward representing her disabled sister. Cecilia lives in Sydney with her husband and two sons.

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