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Article posted: 1/26/2013 7:37 AM

'Oddly Normal' tells of family trying to help struggling son

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"Oddly Normal" by John Schwartz (Gotham Books, 2012) $26, 290 pages

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In retrospect, John Schwartz realized that there was plenty of warning before his son, Joe, overdosed on pills. Joe was born in early 1996 and became a smiley child with a flair for drama and a love of feather boas, fabulous fashion dolls and "shiny baubles." At age 3, he asked to dress as a disco "yady" for Halloween, and the Schwartzes began to wonder if their toddler was gay.
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