What do you do when you wake up in your mid-40s and realize you've been living a lie your whole life? Do you tell? Or do you keep it to yourself?
Laura James found out that she was autistic as an adult, after she had forged a career for herself, married twice and raised four children. Odd Girl Out tracks the year of Laura's life after she receives a definitive diagnosis from her doctor, as she learns that 'different' doesn't need to mean 'less' and how there is a place for all of us, and it's never too late to find it.
Laura draws on her professional and personal experiences and reflects on her life in the light of her diagnosis, which for her explains some of her differences; why, as a child, she felt happier spinning in circles than standing still and why she has always found it difficult to work in places with a lot of ambient noise.
Although this is a personal story, the book has a wider focus, too, exploring reasons for the lower rate of diagnosed autism in women and a wide range of topics including eating disorders and autism, marriage and motherhood.
This memoir gives a timely account from a woman negotiating the autistic spectrum, from a poignant and personal perspective.
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Well written, thoughtful and informative.
Laura James' writing is intelligent, nuanced, honest, reflecting and easy to follow. It's great for a less clinical look into the life of an autistic adult. I am myself in my thirties, waiting to be assessed for autism, and I enjoyed getting the perspective from someone else who got their diagnosis later in life. Especially from another woman who had great difficulties growing up, but "flew under the radar", so to speak. Louiza Patikas does the material justice and is easy to listen to.
Brilliant performance of a captivating story
I absolutely loved Laura’s story. I am thankful to the way she allowed me to have a look inside her magnificent autistic brain. At times, I felt overwhelmed and sad. And at times, I felt happy and relaxed, as if I was there, with her, inside the story. The narrator’s voice and performance are excellent. Looking forward to be read to again.