George Estreich



“This is a poignant, beautifully written and intensely moving memoir, and I think only one writer in the world, George Estreich, could possibly have pulled this off. It will become part of the canon of narratives that are studied and taught in medical humanities courses.”

Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone

“In this wise and moving memoir, George Estreich tells the story of his family as his younger daughter, Laura, is diagnosed with Down Syndrome and they are thrust into an unexpected, unfamiliar world.  Estreich writes beautifully, with a poet's eye and gift of language, weaving this personal journey into the larger history of his family, exploring the deep and often hidden connections between the past and the present.  Engaging and unsentimental, The Shape of the Eye taught me a great deal.  It is also a book I couldn't put down, a story I found myself thinking about long after I'd finished the final pages.”

Kim Edwards, author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter

“The Shape of the Eye is a memoir of a father’s love for his daughter, his struggle to understand her disability, and his journey toward embracing her power and depth.  Estreich is raw and honest and draws us each into a new view of what it means to be 'human’ and what it means to be ‘different’.  This book is beautifully written, poetically insightful, and personally transformative. To read it is to rethink everything and to be happy because of the journey.”


Timothy P. Shriver, Ph.D., Chairman & CEO of Special Olympics

The Shape of the Eye

is the winner of the Oregon Book Award!

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From the Introduction:

    We were waiting for our family doctor. I felt—not serene, but expectant. Uncertain. Theresa lifted Laura from her car seat and set her, still sleeping, on the clean white paper of the exam table. I got out colored pencils and a notebook for Ellie. We were paging through magazines when Dr. E. came in, knocking softly. He closed the door, crossed the room, and turned towards us.

    "We got the lab tests back," he said. "Nancy called and had them faxed down here." He paused.

    "Laura does have Down syndrome," he said.

    Ellie was coloring quietly. From where I was standing, I could see the first tears forming in Theresa's eyes.

     "I believe," he said, "that these children come to the families most able to take care of them."read more

Upcoming appearances:

May 16-17 - Klamath Falls, OR

May 30-31 - North Bend, OR

July 19 - Portland, OR