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David Mitchell on autism, expectations and 'The Reason I Jump'
David Mitchell on autism, expectations and 'The Reason I Jump'

David Mitchell, whose complex novel “Cloud Atlas” was adapted into a film last year, has quietly hit bestseller lists again as one of three authors of “The Reason I Jump.” He shares credit with KA Yoshida and young Japanese writer Naoki Higashida. Higashida has a severe form of autism, but, as a 13-year-old, wrote this book about what it’s like to live inside his head. Mitchell collaborated with his wife, Yoshida, on the translation from the Japanese; as parents of an autistic child, they see the book as a way to break through the speechlessness of autism. Mitchell, who appeared on “The Daily Show” earlier this month to talk about the book,...

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