We are very excited to introduce you to GINNY MOON, a stunning debut novel by Benjamin Ludwig. Through an extraordinarily unique and compelling narrative that gets deep inside the head and heart of an autistic girl, Ludwig constructs a story that is at once big-hearted, suspenseful, moving, funny, and heart-rending. The accolades have begun, with Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project, calling it “a brilliant debut,” while Alexi Zentner, author of The Lobster Kings and Touch, says “Benjamin Ludwig’s GINNY MOON is both honest and raw. Ludwig gives voice to the voiceless.”
Come to the Unlikely Story Café where Benjamin will discuss his novel and sign books.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
On the cusp of turning fourteen, Ginny lives with her Forever Parents, the loving couple who rescued her from a traumatic experience with her unfit, abusive mother. But despite the normalcy her new adopted family tries to instill in Ginny’s life, she orders her reality in her own unique way. She is still obsessed with a baby doll that was left behind when the police took her from her mother, Gloria, and Ginny’s dually precise and confused thoughts center on her desire to return to Gloria and rescue the baby doll. This fixation to reclaim an idealized reality that never really existed sets in motion a harrowing series of events as Ginny contacts Gloria and plots to get kidnapped by her. As Ginny’s perplexing thoughts and emotions are acutely related in this riveting narrative, Ludwig brilliantly captures the voice and soul of a singularly unforgettable heroine.
“I was inspired to write GINNY MOON in part because of my own experience adopting a young lady with autism,” reveals Ludwig, a longtime middle school teacher. “In a way, my wife and I experienced a similar (though considerably less dramatic) challenge with our daughter. When she first came to live with us, we were excited and enthusiastic, but quickly had to face the fact that we would still never be enough. No amount of love and support can ever replace the loss of a parent.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A life-long teacher of English and writing, Benjamin Ludwig lives in New Hampshire with his family. Shortly after he and his wife married they became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism. Ginny Moon is his first novel. Ginny’s story and voice were inspired by conversations the author had with other parents at Special Olympics basketball events, as well as by his experience working with autistic children public schools. The unique characteristics of Ginny’s voice help shape the quirky yet edgy tone of the book. Her desperation drives her obsessiveness, as well as her decisions. Benjamin is a strong advocate for education and adoption, and for other issues of social justice. His website is available at www.benjaminludwig.com.