Radiance Descending Author:Paula Fox Five years separate Paul from his younger brother, Jacob, about whom Paul is trying not to think. For him, Jacob is unthinkable, a pumpkin face smiling wildly form the window as Paul, 11, stomps off toward his school bus. Grandpa says of such children with Down syndrome, "There is no war in them." But of Paul there is war every day, an... more »d Jacob, it seems, is the whole reason.
With meticulous tenderness, this story gentles Paul out of his rage at a family situation he can't control. Jacob has a surprising, public world of his own which Paul comes to know when he least wants to see it. But once seen, that world--of friends like the newspaper vendor on the corner, of kindness such as Jacob inspires everywhere--cannot be denied. Slowly, dramatically Paul begins to let the light of Jacob's presence in the family stream into his brightening view of the world.« less
Paul is so angry that his younger brother, Jacob, has Down's Syndrome that he's embarrassed to be near him. Paul can't see that Jacob idolizes him. In Paul's view, Jacob gets all their family's attention, and it's hard for Paul to love someone so clumsy and strange looking. Yet people outside the family welcome Jacob and embrace his kindness. Paul thinks these people are simply pretending to be nice to his brother. Then, through a series of surprising evens, Paul begins to wonder whether Jacob is indeed a person worth loving.