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GRIPPING FROM THE FIRST WORDS
July 1, 2019
WARNING FOR ANIMAL LOVERS. I’ve placed it at the bottom of the review so you can decide for yourself whether you want to read this spoiler.
First the good stuff: In this memoir, the author, a lesbian who had recently come out, details her traumatic brain injury and its aftereffects. Thrown helmetless from a horse she should never have been on at the age of 31, she suffered a TBI without initially realizing what had happened. At first, she finds things in her home in odd places. Realizing her toaster is missing, she determines that someone has broken in and stolen it. That reminded me of my grandmother in her later years, who was forever convinced that someone had broken in and, for example, moved a butter knife from the kitchen to the table because she couldn’t remember having done it. That’s actually become something of a joke in my household; when I can’t remember having put something where it turns up “someone must have broken in!” But in the author’s case it is no joke.
It takes other people to point out to her that she requires medical attention. To her credit she listens. What follows is the tale of her diagnosis and prognosis. What follows is the tale of her recovery, to the extent that she was able to recover.
But the best part of this tale is not the story itself. The best part is the writing. The book is extremely well written; it is compelling. You can’t wait to get to the next sentence, the next page, to find out what happens next.
WARNING: When her new girlfriend moves in with her, stressing out her two rescue dogs, the author puts down one of her dogs. This chapter just tied my stomach up in knots. This for me was a defining act, and one I’m not likely to get past.
5 stars for the writing
1 star for the dog death, seriously