Saving Max

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Saving Max
Author Antoinette van Heugten
Language English
Subject Asperger Syndrome, murder
Genre Novel
Publisher Mira Books
Publication date
September 28, 2010
Media type Paperback
Pages 384
ISBN 0778329631

Saving Max is the first novel written by American author Antoinette van Heugten.[1] The novel is about attorney Danielle Parkman and her son Max, a teenager with Asperger Syndrome who was accused of murdering another patient at a mental hospital. The novel addresses Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy as the villain murders her own son after subjecting him to a lifetime of abuse while glorying in the limelight of medical attention.[2][3][4][5] The book spent two weeks on USA Today's top 150 books, where it peaked at position 135.[6] Saving Max has sold 500,000 copies.


  1. ^ van Heugten, Antoinette (September 29, 2010). Saving Max. Mira. pp. Book Jacket. ISBN 978-0-7783-2963-3. 
  2. ^ "A Parent's Worst Nightmare: PW Talks with Antoinette van Heugten". Publisher's Weekly. Aug 2, 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Clamp, Cathy (September 28, 2010). "Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten". The Big Thrill. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Crystal, Viviane (June 7, 2010). "The Perils of Misunderstanding Autism". The Best Reviews. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Currie, Amy (September 2, 2010). "Lit Fix: Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten". Woman's Day. Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Top 150 best sellers". Retrieved 18 January 2011. 

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