What Does He Dream About? (Stories and Observations from the Life and Death of My Brother with Autism)

Book Cover

MEMOIR BIOGRAPHICAL FUNNY DRAMA

Contemporary,2000s

Jeremy Morantz

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Logline

What is it like growing up with a brother who has autism? And what happens when he’s gone? Jeremy Morantz recounts the tensions of living with his brother Nathan and then coping with the grief that came with Nathan’s unexpected death.

Genre

Memoir,Biographical,Funny,Drama

Short Summary

The book begins in the PICU. My 16-year-old brother Nathan, who lived with severe autism spectrum disorder, had a pool-related accident resulting in a coma. This setup details the confusion and trauma of unexpected loss — while maintaining a sense of sprinkled-in humor.


The end takes us back to the hospital, giving the reader a direct insight into the moment the doctors took Nathan off life support, and my family and I watched him pass. This scene is paralleled simultaneously by a scene from earlier in our lives where I, as a kid, grapple with what autism means.

Setting

Winnipeg, Hawaii

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Jeremy

Age: Ranges throughout the book. Toddler-21 years old

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Funny,Complex,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Nathan

Age: Ranges throughout book. Toddler-16 years old

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex

Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

Pop-culture glorifies the autism spectrum disorder. Movies like Rain Man misrepresent what autism can be. My experience with my little brother, Nathan, wasn't glamorous. That's why my book shows the reader what autism looks like when it doesn't look like Dustin Hoffman. The book also delves into topic of loss. At 16, my brother unexpectedly passed after a near-death experience in our backyard pool. The themes of reflection, guilt and acceptance are strongly woven into the story. I tackled the book with a sense of levity, hoping to strike a balance between the heaviness, and humor. Aside from the strength of the story and narrative, it's the voice and style in my writing that will serve an on-screen adaptation well. I strongly encourage you to read chapters 1, 2, 5, and the final chapter to get a clear sample of the story, and style of writing. I'm very confident you'll find it engaging. I envision each chapter as its own episode of a "What Does He Dream About?" limited series. The unconventional brotherly relationship at the heart of the narrative will capture the hearts of the audience The story is a platform to educate the public on the realities of living with a sibling or child severe on the autism spectrum — in an inviting and entertaining way.

About The Author

Jeremy Morantz is a 22-year-old Communications graduate with a focus in public relations and politics. Jeremy’s writing is influenced by his love for comedy, pop-culture, and top 40 music. What Does He Dream About? is his debut book. He lives in Winnipeg.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-published

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

9781999008307