Every Least Sparrow: A Girl Grows Her Wings

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Garn Press is pleased to announce the release of Every Least Sparrow, by Carolyn Walker. Walker’s memoir tells the story of her daughter, Jennifer, who has Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome, a rare disorder that affects not only her appearance, but nearly every one of her body functions, as well as her IQ. 

Every Least Sparrow: A Girl Grows Her Wings

Born in 1977, Jennifer comes into the world with a condition that is scarcely understood – even by doctors. With nothing but her instincts, intellect, and determination to go on, Jennifer’s mother, a journalist, embarks on a journey to understand Rubinstein-Taybi, and to provide her daughter with the best life possible. While they face down medical, educational, and personal challenges, and one near-death, Jennifer proves herself to be an adorable, resilient free spirit. She floats through life on a love of music, and a curious but delightful obsession with the Titanic. 

Every Least Sparrow: A Girl Grows Her Wings

As Jennifer grows, those who surround her – parents, siblings, teachers, and community – quickly move away from their fear of the unknown to learn that she is less a disabled person and closer to an ideal. Jennifer, who is joyous in even the most difficult situations, and who knows no guile or prejudice, sets the example for a life well-lived – a life that includes boundless friendships, romantic love, employment, hard-won, semi independence, and empowerment. 

Carolyn Walker, 2013 Kresge Artist Fellow in the Literary Arts from Kresge Arts in Detroit on Vimeo.

Walker’s book is a chronicle of bravery over obstacle, and courage over fear. It is also a testament to unconditional love. Walker has been widely published in literary journals, such as The Southern Review and Crazyhorse, and numerous newspapers and magazines. A Kresge Fellow in the Literary Arts, she is also a creative writing instructor for the Writer’s Digest University, AllWriters, and Springfed Arts. 

Writer Carolyn Walker, author of Every Least Sparrow: A Girl Grows Her Wings

Every Least Sparrow is available as a paperback book, hardcover book, and eBook. It can be purchased on Amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble at barnesandnoble.com, and in independent bookstores.

Garn Press publishes books of conscience and education. It values imagination, creativity, originality, and innovation. 



All photos and information herein courtesy and copyright Carolyn Walker