I have had the awfullest time lately with reading. I am reading a self help book (this is required reading) and I have tried to read several other books for enjoyment. None of them have grabbed me. I get so sad when a book just doesn't grab me in the first few chapters. Reading isn't exciting to me unless that happens. I started three books within the last week, and have made it to page 50 or so, and they were just blah. Until last night......
Last night, I stood in front of my over-stuffed TBR shelves, closed my eyes, and just picked a book....hoping to pick something that would surprise me. I landed on a lucky one...A. Manette Ansay's "Limbo: A Memoir".
This book is actually on my reading list for the Awesome Author Challenge,
I just hadn't gotten it off of my shelf yet. Perfect!
So far so good with this memoir. The story starts out in 1975 when she is 11 years old. She has her sights set on being a concert pianist. But her dream is crushed when she falls ill with a mysterious disease that incapacitates her, at the young age of 19.
I am enjoying this book, and had a hard time putting it down last night. I have left the book at home today, so, no teaser....but there should be a review coming up soon. It looks like this is going to be an interesting, fast-paced read.
From Publishers WeeklyIn this gorgeous memoir, Ansay (Vinegar Hill; Midnight Champagne) recounts how, at the age of 19, an undiagnosed muscle disorder cut short her promising career as a concert pianist. Describing memory as "the switch on the wall. The pull chain on the lamp," Ansay beautifully illuminates selected details of her Catholic childhood, her struggles with religious faith and her growing realization that her illness is a permanent one. In her rural community, where "illness and shame still go hand-in-hand," Ansay's family is unsympathetic to undefined injuries. Head colds call for "hot whiskey punch with lemon and sugar," and toothaches are cured by chewing on the other side of one's mouth. In deference to her musical ambitions and religious upbringing, Ansay tries to transcend her pain, suffering through piano lessons, recitals and conservatory training. But she never lets this memoir devolve into one of those stories about "crippled children with heroic personalities." In fact, she pokes fun at such narratives: "Thanks to the power of faith... the family rallies around the child, discovering in the process that instead of a tragedy, this child is the greatest blessing of their lives." Instead, Ansay reveals the painful indignity of having a debilitating physical condition that is immediately visible: "It's right there, out in the open, where anyone might choose to poke at it, probe it, satisfy their grim curiosity." (Oct. 16)Forecast: Ansay's novel Vinegar Hill was an Oprah-anointed bestseller; that and a generous marketing campaign including advertising in the New York Times Book Review, as well as a 15-city NPR campaign will give this memoir well-deserved prominence.
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial (September 17, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380732874
- ISBN-13: 978-0380732876