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Greta Thunberg Book Details Her Autism Struggles In Childhood, Impact On Family

Greta Thunberg Book Details Her Autism Struggles In Childhood, Impact On Family

Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was “slowly disappearing into some kind of darkness” as she struggled with autism in her pre-teen years, according to a new book written by her mother.

Malena Ernman details her 17-year-old daughter’s early life in a revealing new book, Our House is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis (Penguin Books). Excerpts are circulating now before the book’s March publication.

Credited to the family, the book describes Greta’s selective mutism, an eating disorder and her autism diagnosis.

“She stopped playing the piano. She stopped laughing. She stopped talking. And she stopped eating,” Ernman said.

At age 11, Greta’s depression grew and she didn’t speak and wouldn’t eat beyond small amounts of rice, avocado and gnocchi. She was hospitalized for severe weight loss.

“Greta was 11, had just started fifth grade, and was not doing well. She

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