On the November 17 episode of ABC 20/20, Elizabeth Vargas interviews a boy with Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare cranio-facial condition. His real life experiences are similar to those related by the protagonist of the worldwide best-selling book Wonder, written by RJ Palacio. The movie has been made into a movie starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as the parents and Jason Tremblay (Room) as the boy. The novel was inspired by the 1995 Natalie Merchant song “Wonder.” Merchant (former lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs) said on a BBC podcast that the song “was about a child born with a congenital disease.” The Merchant song is featured on the soundtrack of the film Wonder.
The day before the ABC 20/20 interview airs, Palacio posted a photo of her with Merchant at the screening of the film Wonder in Los Angeles and wrote as the caption: “the real Wonder Woman is @NatalieMerchant.” Merchant discusses her hit song “Wonder” in the 2015 documentary Paradise Is There –(documentary is included with CD)
— RJ Palacio (@RJPalacio) November 16, 2017
.@NatalieMerchant discusses her hit song “Wonder,” as do fans who’ve found strength in the song, in the 2015 documentary Paradise Is There. Watch more & listen to the 10-track set Wonder: Introducing Natalie Merchant at https://t.co/RkoJImEPSt. pic.twitter.com/Todv0SEw1L
— Nonesuch Records (@NonesuchRecords) November 8, 2017