MARY FRAN AND MO by Lynch Maureen


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An interesting blend of poignant and mundane details on the struggle of two sisters -- one retarded, the other determined to combat the vulnerability that her sister's retardation brings. From 1975 to 1976, Maureen Lynch took time off from college to live in Seattle with intensely dependent Mary Fran: to teach her how to travel on public transportation, shop, do laundry, and maintain a job. Unfortunately, the job hunting was desperately disappointing: government programs lacked funding, and even non-retarded friends found the employment situation tight. Mary Fran eventually developed the independence her sister so diligently sought for her, but the need for employment recognizing the fact that she is ""capable"" has never really been met. The book is burdened by extraneous detail -- gourmet meals cooked, shadowy friends' visits, etc. -- but it is successful in delineating Mary Fran's yearning, frustrations, and worth -- a not inconsequential achievement. Of particular interest to the families and friends of the retarded who sense that their loved ones are capable of more.

Pub Date: Oct. 31st, 1979
Publisher: St. Martin's