Searching for Spenser

A Mother's Journey Through Grief

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Pub Date 10 Nov 2018 | Archive Date 13 Apr 2021

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Parenting can be a struggle; especially parenting a disabled child. In this flawlessly written memoir, Kramar describes championing her son, diagnosed with Sotos syndrome, through his short life. She examines the experience of loving and losing a child and reminds us that there is a way forward through the grief. Kramar’s memoir offers guidance, wisdom and inspiration. An amazing story of redemption and hope.

Winner of the National Indie Excellence Award 2019

Parenting can be a struggle; especially parenting a disabled child. In this flawlessly written memoir, Kramar describes championing her son, diagnosed with Sotos syndrome, through his short life. She...


Advance Praise

Margaret Kramar’s memoir is a testament to the pain and beauty of parenthood—and the vulnerability it requires. With crisp, unsentimental prose, Kramar draws the reader into her overturned world after her second-born son is diagnosed with Sotos syndrome; she learns he will not look, act, or learn like most other children. Spencer grows into a zestful and curious boy, with his own quirks, talents, and wisdom, and Kramar becomes his determined advocate and steadfast champion. After he begins school and gets involved with theater, she is only one of his many fans.

Kramar is honest in her recollections—she is a narrator strong with love, but often bewildered by what fate had her take on. Spencer is realized a three-dimensional human being, sometimes frustrated with the difficulties of his disability, sometimes in love with the life he eagerly grasps. After his death, his devastated mother must once again abandon her previous expectations and dreams, and, with new insight and a fuller, wiser heart, learn to take joy in new ones.

~ Laura Moriarty, Associate Professor University of Kansas, is the author of five novels including, The Chaperone (Riverhead Books 2013), and American Heart (HarperCollins, 2018).


Margaret Kramar’s memoir is a testament to the pain and beauty of parenthood—and the vulnerability it requires. With crisp, unsentimental prose, Kramar draws the reader into her overturned world...


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Kramer gives voice to feelings and thoughts that many would be to scared to acknowledge. Searching for Spenser follows her through her journey dealing with the struggles of dealing with a developmentally delayed child along with the rough twist and turns that impact many people. We get to follow Spenser and learn from him how to focus on living in the here and now and the impact that he had on those around him - even readers who never had the opportunity to meet him.

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Any time you are dealing with a special needs child it is a tough situation, and even tougher to explain to people how you feel at all times. It is such an overwhelming experience at times.. I have two children with different needs. I give Margaret props for writing this book and explaining her feelings along the way with her special needs child. While at times I was sad for her and the child, I was annoyed at times also. All in all the book is a good read. Thank your to NetGalley and the publishing company for allowing me to read and review this book. I would recommend it.

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