[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s the mother of a child with Down syndrome, Sherry Boas has a special place in her heart and an intimate understanding of those who happen to have a third copy of their 21st chromosome.
There are blessings and there are challenges, just as there are in every life. Boas’ characters embrace all of it and readers find themselves immersed in a world in which the value of every human life is examined through a subtle, yet powerful lens of faith. Though not preachy by any means, the novels gently impart moral truths.
A local author and former newspaper reporter, Boas planned to release the sixth book in her “Lily” series March 21, World Down Syndrome Day, but it’s actually available now through Amazon. Check local Catholic bookstores for availability.
‘A Little Like Lily’
Author: Sherry Boas
Publisher: Caritas Press
Length: 166 Pages
“A Little Like Lily,” the finale for the series, arrives in the midst of the Year of Mercy, and a providential arrival it is. The main character of the novel, Daisy, runs away and gets lost in the streets of Boston. All along the way, she’s carried by the mercy of God and helped by the kindness of strangers who help her.
“It’s a simple book by design because she is a simple soul. Simple and profound is how I would describe this character,” Boas said. “She has a couple of things to grapple with in this book. She has the death of someone very close to her, and then she also has the man she loves getting married to someone else.”
Boas said she finds joy in her writing and feels a tug toward storytelling. In addition to her novels, she’s also written children’s books.
“It’s my happy place — writing stories, telling stories. It’s about people and I love people. I love figuring out what makes people tick and how people go through horrible, tragic times and how people build their lives by the choices they make, by the choices they fail to make, how they redeem themselves, how they seek redemption, or seek forgiveness, or how resilient they are. I think human beings are amazing. I kind of try to capture the drama of that in my books.”
As a person of faith, Boas said her Catholic beliefs inform her writing. The novels, she says, are a way to help people learn about God through the characters in a subtle way. There’s an element of a pro-life message woven into the stories, too. While statistics vary, most women who have a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome decide to have abortions.
“Lily was nearly aborted,” Boas said. “All of these characters — none of this would be happening, some of them wouldn’t exist and they wouldn’t be doing the things they’re doing had it not been