||In 1996, Toronto journalist Ian Brown's son Walker was born with cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome (CFC), a genetic disorder so rare that only about 300 other people in the world have it. Walker has the mentality of an infant, and his condition has left him unable to swallow food (he is fed through a tube), walk, or take care of himself in any way. His arms must be restrained so that he doesn't hit himself, and he is kept alive mainly through medical technology and round-the-clock professional care. With a diagnosis like this, one might anticipate that Brown's memoir would be full of despair and darkness. While BOY IN THE MOON contains its expected amount of pain (for example, Brown describes the anguish of deciding to commit the boy to a group home), along with deep pondering about the quality of life, it is also an elegy of sorts, displaying equal amounts of wonder, gratitude, grief, and second-guessing. In this important book, Ian Brown not only provides a first-hand account of this rare condition, he also plumbs the mysteries of the child-parent bond as he conveys the incalculable importance of one very special--and much loved-- individual's life. Selected by the editors of the New York Times Book Reviews as one of the Ten Best Books of 2011.