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Loving Rachel: A Family's Journey from Grief Paperback – October 1, 2007
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In 1983, Jane Bernstein had everything she ever wanted: a healthy four-year-old daughter, Charlotte; a happy marriage; a highly praised first novel; and a brand new baby, Rachel. But by the time Rachel was six weeks old,
a neuro-ophthalmologist told Jane and her husband that their baby was blind. Although there was some hope that Rachel might gain partial vision as she grew, her condition was one that often resulted in seizure disorders and intellectual impairment. So began a series of medical and emotional setbacks that were to plague Rachel and her parents and strain their marriage to the breaking point. Spanning the first four years of Rachel’s life, Loving Rachel is a heartbreaking chronicle of a marriage and a compelling story of parental love told with searing honesty and surprising humor.
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“Compelling. . . . An absorbing family drama that is real and wrenching. . . . Straightforward and affecting. . . . Bernstein’s writing is intense and evocative.” --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"...a probing meditation on why we care for our kin." --Los Angeles Times Book Review
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- Publisher : University of Illinois Press (October 1, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0252074831
- ISBN-13 : 978-0252074837
- Item Weight : 1.08 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.7 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #994,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I can't quite explain the complex feelings that this book evoked in me. Hope, disappointment, joy, frustration, fear, gratitude, understanding... All I can say is that I never felt pity, and I never felt like Jane wanted me (the reader) to.
The "sequel," RACHEL IN THE WORLD, is en route to me right now. I'd also love to see RACHEL IS, a documentary by Charlotte Glynn, Jane's other daughter and Rachel's older sister. Unfortunately I'm not sure how to go about doing that, since it had limited screenings a few years ago... The website is [...] for anyone who is interested in seeing the trailer.