~ KIRKUS REVIEWS
"A beautifully wrought tale of courage, hope, and awakenings of all kinds."
~ Sara Gruen (WATER FOR ELEPHANTS)
"Heart and humor are inseparable in Keith Cronin's engaging debut."
~ Susan Henderson (UP FROM THE BLUE)
"A work that will make readers laugh and think."
~ Lauren Baratz-Logsted (THE THIN PINK LINE)
From the Author
It's a strange thing, writing about tragedy in the name of entertainment. As readers, we seem to have an insatiable appetite for seeing characters undergo terrible challenges and calamity. And as writers, we dig deep to see what we can come up with to feed that hunger.
I wrote ME AGAIN with the goal of creating an entertaining, often funny book that explored some serious emotional themes as it followed the intertwined paths of two young stroke victims. But as the book neared completion, I began to have misgivings about using an affliction that touches so many people - some 795,000 Americans each year, and that's just the victims, not their loved ones - as the basis for a story meant merely to entertain.
So I made myself a promise. If this book sold, I'd use it to help others as well. That's why 25% of everything I earn from ME AGAIN - including my advance - is being donated to the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association that focuses on reducing risk, disability and death from stroke through research, education, fund raising and advocacy.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death, and the leading cause of adult disability. My hope is that my little what-if story can do something to help change that, while still managing to entertain people on airplanes and beaches.
From the Inside Flap
In short, Jonathan's not the man he used to be - whoever that was.
The only bright spot for Jonathan is Rebecca Chase, a young woman he meets in the hospital's long-term recovery unit. A stroke has drastically changed her personality, making her a stranger to her husband. Gone is the vivacious trophy wife, replaced by a shy, awkward woman with a knack for saying exactly the wrong thing.
Constantly reminded how badly they fit in, Jonathan and Rebecca find much in common with each other as they work on rebuilding - and rediscovering - their lives. But while Rebecca copes with her husband's frustrated attempts at "fixing" her, Jonathan finds mounting evidence that the man he used to be was not necessarily a very good man. And everywhere he turns, Jonathan keeps discovering more secrets that his own loved ones are keeping from him.
A steadily accelerating story exploring the irony, humor, and opportunity that can accompany personal calamity, ME AGAIN follows the intertwined paths of two people forced to start over in life: one looking for his place in a world that has moved on without him, the other struggling to navigate a relationship with a man who wishes she were someone else.
From the Back Cover
Rebecca looked across the hospital cafeteria, towards the kitchen. "Do you like orange sherbet?" she asked abruptly.
"The orange sherbet they serve here - have you ever had it?"
"Yeah, I guess so," I said. "Want me to see if they have any in the freezer?"
"No," she said, shaking her head. "I'm trying to explain something. Did you like that sherbet?"
"No, not particularly."
"Me neither." She leaned forward, her voice growing more insistent. "Now imagine everybody telling you that you used to just love that orange sherbet. And that it's really important that you start loving it again."
I tried to imagine this, still baffled by the path this conversation was taking.
"That's what my life is like right now. I don't like orange sherbet, but I used to. And now everybody wants me to like it again, and tells me that if I don't, I'm just not the person I used to be. And not the kind of person they want to be with."