Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst | 1 Minute Reviews

Fancy reading an eerie blend of personality cults and struggling families?

Camp Harmony begins as an idea between parents struggling with their autistic children and Scott Bean, the man who says he can help. As Tilly’s behaviour gets increasingly out of control, Alexandra decides to move her family to Camp Harmony to create a safe, healing atmosphere for autistic families.

But all is not quite as it seems.


Told from the point of view of Tilly’s sister, Iris, as they arrive at camp, with flashbacks from Alexandra starting with their first meeting with Scott, this novel weaves time, tension and truths.

Chapters from Tilly intersperse these anecdotes, which really change the tone – there is no clear “autistic voice” like you see in other autism narratives; instead a semi academic deconstruction of their future. This is an excellent, intense novel.

Interested? Buy it here (currently in Hardback only).

Want to know what else I’ve read about autism or features autistic characters? Check out The Essential Autie Book List.

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Thank you to Sceptre for sharing a copy of this with me.

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