An Uncomplicated Life: A Father’s Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter is a love letter from a father to his daughter. Paul Daughterty is a sports writer, husband, and father. His abilities are tested when he first learns his daughter Jillian has down syndrome.
Down Syndrome is “a set of physical and mental traits caused by a gene problem that happens before birth.” [WebMD.com]
An Uncomplicated Life: Jillian Daugherty on her wedding day
Jillian’s limitations are real but, through her father’s eyes, she is an exceptional girl with endless possibility. It’s impossible to deny Daugherty’s beautiful bond with his daughter. This book brought tears of celebration or joy to my eyes. It was easy to feel what Daugherty must have felt when writing about his daughter. He allowed the reader to see his daughter from a proud parent’s perspective.
The reason I didn’t love the book had everything to do with the writing and nothing to do with the story. The book was repetitive and he rambled on far too much. But this book is a heartfelt effort overall. I encourage everyone to try An Uncomplicated Life. Daugherty rambles at worst; at best you’ll fall in love with Jillian and her story.
An Uncomplicated Life: A Father’s Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter by Paul Daugherty