She has hidden the truth for almost half a century, afraid that if she lets go of this lie, she will lose the people she loves. Marty feels pressure to come clean especially when her husband tells her, “Truth is progress down the road of happiness and deception an accident waiting to happen.”
Before Marty can build the courage to tell her secret, she is in a terrible car accident.
Comatose and hospitalized, Marty reviews the road her life has taken— Her life review reveals theoretical views of the earth, the universe, and possibly the reason why we all chose to take this physical journey in the first place.
A note from the author:
This fictional story about Marty, who has high functioning autism, was written around journal entries about intersections of a scientific and spiritual world. As true to characteristics of the syndrome, Marty prattles on and on about her favorite topics, especially cosmology and the origin of the universe. It is a fictional story wrapped around philosophy about well-researched theory which is also fiction, as least until it might be proven to be true. If the reader is not familiar with the uncertainty principle, quantum mechanics, cosmic inflation, etc. the journal entries will be like Greek to them. The life of Marty is intended to be a fascinating story even for those who might skip the journal entries with Marty’s constant chatter about her favorite subject. But for others it will be a novel like no other that might cause them to think and speculate and perhaps turn to scripture to understand science.
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Some people with ASD may have advanced conversation skills whereas others may be nonverbal. Typical social skill deficits include: initiating interactions, responding to the initiations of others, maintaining eye contact, sharing enjoyment, reading the non-verbal cues of others, and taking another person’s perspective.
People with ASD have behaviors or interests that can seem unusual. Repetitive behaviors in autism can vary radically from person to person. For some, it involves saying or talking about the same things over and over again.
Their speech usually follows one of several characteristic patterns: Some talk in a flat, toneless voice, others in an exaggerated, hyper way that doesn’t match the subject matter. Still others may sound robotic; their speech doesn’t flow but comes in clipped bursts.