Told from the author’s alter-ego, “The City of Wistmore - Book One” by Motesem Mansur reflects the life of one young man’s struggle with autism as he stares down prejudice
In “The City of Wistmore – Book One” (ISBN 1470066076), artist and writer Motesem Mansur pens a children’s book that shows the realities people living with autism face in a society that often does not understand their condition. It is the first of a planned series that will showcase the triumphs and tragedies of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
The story follows the character of Gloves. Gloves is a very gifted builder with severe autism. His job is to build beautiful, elaborate castles for the city of Wistmore. Unfortunately, his condition prevents him from speaking. It is his burning desire to chat just like everyone else in town.
One day, the mayor tasks Gloves with building a number of castles for the homeless citizens of the city. Gloves sets about working on the castles but is harassed and made fun of by a group of people heckling him over his inability to speak. They threaten Gloves and chase him through town, forcing him back to his family’s house where Papa Gloves scares the terrorizing group away. Filled with embarrassment and self-loathing, Gloves feels worse than before, yet as others continue to judge him, he realizes he must accept himself for who he is.
Though told through a fantasy tale, “The City of Wistmore” reflects the lives of people with severe autism who wish to function like everybody else. The message of the book is that people with autism are capable of accomplishing great things and can make a huge difference in their worlds. At the end of the book, Mansur discusses his own experiences with autism and the prejudice and social ostracizing he has faced in his hometown.
“The City of Wistmore” is a book that will educate readers about the reality of being autistic; facing bullies and struggling with self-acceptance. It will show the world that autism is nothing to be ashamed of and is written by a young man who has accepted both his condition and himself.
“The City of Wistmore – Book One” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.
About the Author: Motesem Mansur is a 26-year-old college student who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of 3. He has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and was featured on local television to discuss two of his previous books. He also works as an artist at the Chicago Cultural Center near his home in Burbank. Mansur holds events and book readings for schools in the city of Chicago.