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Cammie McGovern

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  • English
    Kenyon College
  • M.F.A.
    University of Michigan
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The novel Say What You Will ...
www.rhinotimes.com, 3 July 2014 [cached]
The novel Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern has the kiss of death all over it.
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But Cammie McGovern is a better writer than that. She found a perfectly plausible way for them to meet. Amy, despite her palsy, is an outstanding student - though some people suspect that her adult helpers are actually doing some of her work for her. (They're not; she's smarter than they are.)
She's entering her senior year and expects to be admitted to a top college and go away from home. Her family has plenty of money, so she'll have all the help she needs. However, one skill she has never acquired is the ability to make friends, to be a friend. She has noticed Matthew over the years (they've gone through school in parallel since childhood) and has good reason for wanting to know him better.
So Amy convinces her mother to hire friends for her. Officially, they're student helpers, with the duty of escorting and helping her between classes, carrying her books and doing other tasks she can't do for herself. And, as Amy's mother makes very clear during the job interview and training sessions, her student helpers are expected to introduce her to people so she can make friends.
Amy emails Matthew to urge him to apply for the job. He becomes one of her helpers - though Amy's mother doesn't approve of her having a helper with almost as many problems of his own as she has.
Most of the novel is the account of their learning how to help each other. Matthew really is conscientious about his duties - except that, having no friends himself, he can't very well introduce her to a wider circle. And Amy quickly takes Matthew on as a project, helping him learn to overcome some of the symptoms of OCD.
Though I have only seen OCD and CP from the outside, it seemed to me that Cammie McGovern did a good job of imagining the lives of characters with these limitations, and showing just how normal they remain in their aspirations.
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There are complications that surprised me, and McGovern is pleasingly unsentimental for such a sentimental story.
This is McGovern's first young adult novel, and besides her adult novels, she is also "one of the founders of Whole Children, a resource center that runs after-school classes and programs for children with special needs. Obviously, she's had plenty of chances to observe and converse with handicapped kids; she knows what she's talking about.
But it's not a clinical interest she takes here. She knows and loves these kids, sees that they're perfectly normal children behind the facade of weirdness. Her affection is contagious.
Whole Children, Inc - Directors
whole2.netcera.com, 10 April 2014 [cached]
Cammie McGovern (Clerk) Mary Belisle (Treasurer)
Cammie McGovern with ...
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Cammie McGovern with her son, Ethan, at her home in Amherst June 10.">Cammie McGovern with her son, Ethan, at her home in Amherst June 10.">
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Cammie McGovern with her husband, Michael Floquet, and their son, Ethan, at their home in Amherst June 10.
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McGovern, a novelist who lives in Amherst, says she later realized that children and teens with special needs were as complex and as different from one another as children without them. Some of that knowledge came from firsthand experience: Her oldest son, Ethan, 18, is autistic.
Along the way, McGovern, 50, developed understanding and empathy for children who face special challenges - and they are displayed in her latest book, "Say What You Will," a young adult novel about a blossoming romance between two teenagers with disabilities.
The story has been winning considerable praise from critics who say McGovern has created believable characters who are, as Publishers Weekly puts it, "individuals, not diagnoses" whose relationship is "not just plausible, but suspenseful, as they try to figure out what they can be to each other."
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In addition, McGovern is one of the co-founders of Whole Children, a Hadley nonprofit that offers after-school and weekend programs for children with special needs. She helped start the group when Ethan was 8, and now, 10 years later, she says she's been surprised by how he and some of his peers have developed.
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"I really wanted the story to be about two outsiders who come together, but who find that as important as their friendship is, there are still all these complications that can come between two people," McGovern said.
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The McGovern sisters' parents were teachers, Cammie McGovern says - and in southern California, where the girls partly grew up, she says with a laugh: "That meant we weren't very cool.
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To read more about Cammie McGovern's work, go to www.cammiemcgovern.com.
Cammie McGovern ...
wholechildren.org, 16 June 2013 [cached]
Cammie McGovern (President)
Ms. Sanders has studied screenwriting ...
www.smeraproductions.com, 11 Dec 2012 [cached]
Ms. Sanders has studied screenwriting with Cammie McGovern, then a Jones Fellow at Stanford University's prestigious Creative Writing Department now a writer living in Connecticut and with Erika Szantos a Hungarian screenwriter now teaching at San Francisco State University.
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