Both a medical drama and meditation on motherhood, The Water Giver
is Joan Ryan's honest account of her doubts and mistakes in raising a learning-disabled son and the story of how his near-fatal accident gave her a second chance as a parent.
""We have to admire Ryan for tackling these topics. It is one thing to
live through the experiences as they occur; it is quite another to
re-create them honestly and effectively. And though the story Ryan
tells is unique...the themes of love, grace and redemption that run
through her discussion are ideas with which we can all relate.""
--Christina Eng, The San Francisco Chronicle