Release Date: August 31, 2021
About The Book:
Wesley Scott is a teenage boy with autism. He lives within his own intimate realm of sensory overload, dysfunction, sometimes violence, and fear of the outside world. He describes himself as the only actor on a stage without a script. We learn through Wes’ own words that he is a deep, thoughtful young man…but no one knows it.
Wes is unable to connect with anyone other than his father, a captain in the Marine Corps. He in turn adores his extraordinary son, his “Ex-man,” as he fondly calls him. When Captain Scott ships off to fight in the Middle East, Wes is confused and senses foreboding in what it all means, although he cannot express it to his family, friends, or teachers.
With his father overseas, Wes finds himself further isolated in a world of “Ords” (his dad’s term for the ordinaries, unlike his “Ex” son) and a stranger in his own family. His mother is distant and cold, his high school brother resents the inordinate attention his autistic brother constantly steals from him, and his twenty-something sister has chosen to move away from it all to Manhattan. The burden on the family gets exponentially worse when Captain Scott returns home wounded. The family tries to cope as best they can, but when his father succumbs to PTSD, Wes must somehow make sense of all that has happened—which is difficult for a teenager under normal conditions, let alone one on the autism spectrum who’s suddenly lost the only family member who ever really bothered to know him.
The Scotts seem on the verge of unraveling and Wes finds himself in a bewildering land of family turmoil. How will Wes come to understand this tragedy? And how will the family ever come to fill the void left by a father who understood what the rest have yet to discover…that Wes is an extraordinary young man indeed. And that all of us, no matter how much the world seems to scorn our existence—or has simply forgotten our pain—have something extraordinary to offer and make that world a better place.
About The Author:
Brad Schaffer was born in Baltimore, MD but grew up in a suburb of Chicago. After attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he lived in Chicago where he embarked on his dual career as both a commodities trader and author/novelist. He currently resides in New Jersey.
His prolific and eclectic writing can be found in the pages of the Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, National Review, Daily Wire, and other well-read publications. His interests as reflected in his articles encompass a wide swath from business, to science, education, the arts, history, politics, social issues, and general day-to-day living. He is also an accomplished guitarist and pianist and can be found playing in local New Jersey clubs with one of several rock bands in which he has played over the years.
He is the author of two novels “Of Another Time And Place” (2018) takes place in World War II Europe. It is a study of the conflicts that good men confront when compelled through national loyalty and indoctrination to fight for morally reprehensible causes. “The Extraordinary” (2021), deftly tackles two sensitive subject matters, autism and PTSD, and the impacts they have on not just those who have these conditions but also the families who support those they love while trying to cope with the stresses they induce. https://www.bradschaefferauthor.com/
A family already living on the edge of disaster plunges into despair when the father, a Marine Corps Captain, returns home from Iraq debilitated by wounds. More devastating damage follows, much of it self-inflicted. Brad Schaeffer’s novel recounts the sense of loss, terror and pain through the eyes of fourteen-year-old Wesley, the family’s youngest member, who suffers from Autism. Schaeffer doesn’t avert his gaze from the hurt that members of this wounded family cause each other, yet never loses his compassion for his characters. The result is an intimate and compelling tale of vulnerability, endurance, and forgiveness. – Glenn Frankel, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist for the Washington Post, Washington Post Magazine, Editor, Journalism Professor, and author of four books
Schaeffer’s Of Another Time and Place brilliantly weaves a modern-day mystery with stirring depictions of aerial combat in World War II, while deftly addressing the moral issues raised by that war. This first novel clearly vaults Schaeffer into the ranks of accomplished storytellers whose next novels are anxiously awaited by his legion of fans, of which I am now one.” — Eric L. Harry, author of the series Pandora: Outbreak
“I love Brad Schaeffer’s writing, and Of Another Time and Place is no exception. Buy it and read it. You won’t be disappointed.” — Ben Shapiro, best-selling author, editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire and host of The Ben Shapiro Show
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