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Moonface: A True Romance Paperback – February 1, 2011
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What could possibly be entertaining about the memoir of a relatively young woman with a serious kidney disease called glomerulonephritis who has had three, count them, three kidney transplants? It certainly is not the times that she teetered on the precipice of mortality, nor the distress her illness caused her doting family. It is not the sacrifices of those who donated organs that she might live. No. What makes Balcita�s memoir so brightly entertaining is the unequaled sense of humor and perspective with which she and her devoted boyfriend-cum-spouse, Charlie, challenge these health problems. When facing yet another surgery, Charlie lifts Angela�s spirits by likening their life to a comedy act. He says life is like �a circus that goes horribly wrong,� but �thank God you�re always here so I can follow your cues.� Angela replies, �My cues? I thought you were the straight man.� By good-naturedly chiding each other, they build a oneness of spirit, bolstering their combined strength. Certainly, Balcita�s pitch-perfect prose and intrinsic sense of timing don�t hurt either. --Donna Chavez
“[Moonface] will restore your faith in humanity.” (People)
“Balcita paints a picture of [her and her husband’s] commitment and empathy for each other that is sweet and compelling enough to keep readers engrossed into the wee hours.” (USA Today)
“What makes Balcita’s memoir so brightly entertaining is the unequaled sense of humor and perspective with which she and her devoted boyfriend-cum-spouse, Charlie, challenge these health problems. Certainly, Balcita’s pitch-perfect prose and intrinsic sense of timing don’t hurt either.” (Booklist)
“With her sharp ear for dialogue and unflinching honesty, Balcita offers a sweet story of love and healing.” (BookPage)
“A wonderfully composed, moving tale...Whether reflecting on her nomadic postcollege days or her emergency C-section, Balcita balances drama and comedy with finesse.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Balcita gratefully reiterates how she has been blessed with the healing power of friends and family, who collectively bolstered her faith in love. A heartwarming and inspiring memoir.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A triumphant story of hope and love. Buy this book—and a box of Kleenex—immediately.” (OK! Magazine)
“[Angela Balcita’s] story is a sweet testimony to the power of family, love, perseverance, and hope. And three cheers for her husband, Charlie, a natural comic and all-around great guy.” (Julie Metz, New York Times bestselling author of Perfection)
“Girl meets boy, girl gets boy, girl gets kidney. . . . Moonface is full of people doing the best they can to take care of each other, and reading it is a rare refresher course in ordinary human kindness.” (Marion Winik, author of First Comes Love and The Glen Rock Book of the Dead)
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Charlie is certainly a great husband, not only willing to donate his kidney but also able to keep up both of their spirits with his humor and common sense. How wonderful that these two unique individuals found each other.
I do think, however, that the donor experiences of her brother and husband are not the common experiences of most donors. I am very active in the kidney community and most donors that I speak with had a seamless surgery and quick recovery. Of course there are always chances for complications for any surgery but as our medical community advances, risks, side effects and recovery times decrease. Please note, in the description it appears that neither her brother or husband had the laparoscopic surgery option performed which may be part of the difference in experiences.
On the flip side, the book does a good job of illustrating the physical and mental journey that both donors and recipients experience. I was impressed with the sometimes comical approach and enjoyed a different perspective.
This is a book can help people understand the struggles that patients, families, living donors and caregivers endure. It is a reminder to us all of the heroes that exist around us!
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