It is science fiction that happens in a near future, but beyond that many of the tropes of science fiction are not in this book. It is narrated by Lou Arrendale a 30-ish autistic man who has an important job with a very large company recognizing complex patterns. He works in a unit made up of other autistic people and they have their gym at work with trampolines and special music. Lou and his co-workers get a new boss who insists on changes. Babies, in this near future, who are born autistic can be "fixed" soon after birth, but some researchers have come up with a treatment that may work for adults. Lou's boss tells them either they get the treatment or they get fired.
Lawyers stop this, but first we see how very rich Lou's life is. He has good friends from work. He has friends with whom he fences. He has friends at his apartment complex. He doesn't see this, but we do. He and his peers want very much to be normal (mostly); we see that they *are* normal.
This report prepared by Julia Walter