Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This is an unusual and uncommonly moving family memoir, with a twist that gives new meaning to hindsight, insight, and forgiveness.

Heather Sellers is face-blind -- that is, she has prosopagnosia -- a rare neurological condition that prevents her from reliably recognizing people's faces. Growing up, unaware of the reason for her perpetual confusion and anxiety, she took what cues she could from speech, hairstyle, and gait. But she sometimes kissed a stranger, thinking he was her boyfriend, or failed to recognize even her own father and mother. She feared she must be crazy.

Yet it was her mother who nailed windows shut and covered them with blankets, made her daughter walk on her knees to spare the carpeting, and had her practice secret words to use in the likely event of abduction. Her father went on weeklong ''fishing trips'' (aka benders), took in drifters, and wore panty hose and bras under his regular clothes. Heather clung to a barely coherent story of a ''normal'' childhood in order to survive the one she had.

That fairy tale unraveled two decades later when Heather took the man she would marry home to meet her parents and began to discover the truth about her family and about herself. As she came at last to trust her own perceptions, she learned the gift of perspective: that embracing the past as it is allows us to let it go. She illuminated a deeper truth -- that even in the most flawed circumstances, love may be seen and felt.

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (October 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594487731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594487736

What are YOU waiting for today?


kirsty at the overflowing library said...

probably not the kind of thing i would have picked up but it looks really interesting

Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This sounds like a great story Missy. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

The Mistress of the Dark said...

I think WOW is the only word I can use for the blurb of that book.

My wow is here

Mary said...

Good WoW pick!

Shan said...

That sounds interesting, what a unique plot.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, wow, this one sounds absolutely fascinating and compelling. And sad.

I have to put it on my list, too.

Here's mine:

Juju at Tales of said...

Sounds tragic but good.

Here is my WOW

GABY said...

wow I didn't know that could happen. I'm intrigued!

danya said...

I've heard of that condition, but I can't imagine having to live with it. Sounds like an intense read.

Nina said...

Not my kind of book, but it does sounds very nice. Maybe to borrow at the library one day. I do really like the cover. ;)

Luanne said...

Oh boy - I don't know if I could read this one or not, but it sounds good - hard to believe it's a memoir and not a fictional plot.


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