|Shtum by Jem Lester
shtum.: /ʃtʊm/. adjective. Silent; non-communicative.
Ben and Emma’s son Jonah is severely autistic and silent. Life evolves around Johan’s care which is constant and messy and hard. The family is at breaking point. The local Council won’t fund the residential care that Johan desperately needs.
In the hope of swinging the odds in an appeal of Council’s decision, Ben and Johan move in with Ben’s elderly Dad. Single parents get better support, especially if you aren’t coping.
Ben’s Dad is great with Johan while Ben is falling apart. Emma isn’t faring much better.