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About the Author

Martin Spinelli is a media, film, and music professor. In his twenties, as a reporter, anchor, and producer in Buffalo, New York, he produced award-winning news features for NPR as well as the acclaimed literary series LINEbreak. Both his benchmark radio art series Radio Radio and LINEbreak are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York while all of his radio work and writing are archived in the Martin Spinelli Collection at the University at Buffalo Library. He was the founder of the Academic Radio Program at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College where he produced the AIDS-informational soap Welcome to America broadcast on Radio Africa International. His many essays about media art and history have been published in anthologies as well as journals, such as Postmodern Culture, Convergence, and Object.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178057522X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780575223
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,532,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this after I learned that Martin's wife Sasha had died as she was a roommate in university, with whom I had lost touch. It was very hard to read, knowing Sasha, but it described the Sasha I knew and the life she had after her wedding, which was the last time I saw her. This books describes Lio and Martin's journey after her death. It is a sad tale but together Lio and Martin rebuilt their lives both physically and emotionally. As a parent I found it was a real tale of endurance and fighting for your child, trusting your instincts and fighting the systems intended to help but sometimes falling short.Sasha would be very proud of both of them and I highly recommend it.
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I bought this book after hearing Martin on Radio 4 and did not put it down until I had finished it. The matter of fact way in which he recounts the horrible events and the aftermath are balanced by the warmth and love he clearly shows for his little boy and his wife. Having a 4 year old son the same age as the little boy in this book made the read all the more poignant and meant I read half of it with my little boy cuddled close to me! I wish Martin the very best for the future with his beautiful, seemingly well adjusted son.
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Martin Spinelli and his beautiful wife lived a type of life that most of us would not be able to relate to, spending months apart in two different continents. The fact that these two souls united and made a successful marriage work under such difficult circumstances is extraordinary. Martin's courage and selflessness in caring for his son and giving the boy every possible chance at the utmost recovery tears at your heart. I loved the book, especially the photos in the final pages.
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To love and be loved; this is the true meaning of life. In this sense, Martin Spinelli, author of After The Crash, is one of the luckiest guys in the world because he has been both the recipient and bestower of true and abiding love.

The reader might not believe this as he reads Spinelli's memoir in which he recounts the accident that led to the devastating loss of his young wife and horrific injuries sustained by his son. However, death is a wake-up call and teaches more about life than any other circumstance. Through his loss, Spinelli hears the call of life and love, which is the most powerful and enduring force in the universe.

Despite the dire predictions of the medical community, through Spinelli's love for his son, he wills him to recover from his devastating injuries and to go on to lead a normal childhood. Furthermore, the magnificent love he shared with his wife, Sasha, allows him to move through his grief by living in gratitude for what he had and still has vs. bemoaning his fate. Add in being able to forgive himself, as well as the person who caused the accident that led to Sasha's death, and Spinelli is able to thrive rather than simply survive - not just this disaster, but he now possesses the tools to conquer other obstacles he will meet on his path of life.

I highly recommend this book. It is a true testament to love and a handbook on how to move through difficult circumstances to a renewal of life and love.
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The most heart-wrenching book I've read in a long while. I couldn't put this one down and had to put my others on hold until this one was finished. The dad's devotion to his son is a true testament to the power of love.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As the reader, I felt like I was taking the journey with the Spinelli family. As the mother of a special needs child with epilepsy, I understood many of the challenges the author experienced in terms of medical decisions and watching your child struggle to regain previously learned skills. The author was very open and honest about his feelings and experiences, which allows the reader to fully understand how the crash impacted this family on many levels.
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I bought the British edition of this book last year, and read it in 2 sittings, over a weekend.
The honesty in this book is brutal at times. There are inherent contradictions in our relationships to all the "professionals" in our lives, and the need to trust our intuition. This story of one father who ultimately went with his gut shows how we have to balance the advice of experts with our own needs and ideas.
Despite the author's professional success, this book showed that in a concrete way, our need to connect with the people in our lives outweighs, emotionally, these other concerns. There is a work/life balance that everyone strives for, and this book shows one man's way of negotiating that balance.
This book brought home to me the very real ways that chance events can change everything. It inspires, but in a down-to-earth way that reminds me of Robert Frost: "One thing I've learned about life--it goes on." This book shows that regular people can deal with whatever happens along the way.
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i wish the # of stars on other reviews acurately represented the reviews they accompianed. i just literally walked away from this book, not even halfway through it. i am an avid reader and i found myself bored and (to my horror) put off by this author and his awful, heart wrenching story. the first endless chapters deal with his and his wifes obsession with their "academia" and on and on and on and on about that nonsense. he came off to me as abrasive and by the time he and his wife and child separated for a year (not due to marital discord) because, admittedly, they were both way into their stupid jobs, i was done. i have read chapter after chapter describing his sons issues in the icu. somehow, this manages to not be gripping. i read the incredible book by jackie hance, who lost her children in an accident and this is just not interesting at all, and strangely, even though this poor man lost his wife and his son paid a steep price, this book is not engaging or impactive.
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