When Abigail Thomas’s husband, Rich, was hit by a car, his brain shattered. Subject to rages, terrors, and hallucinations, he must live the rest of his life in an institution. He has no memory of what he did the hour, the day, the year before. This tragedy is the ground on which Abigail had to build a new life. How she built that life is a story of great courage and great change, of moving to a small country town, of a new family composed of three dogs, knitting, and friendship, of facing down guilt and discovering gratitude. It is also about her relationship with Rich, a man who lives in the eternal present, and the eerie poetry of his often uncanny perceptions. This wise, plainspoken, beautiful audiobook enacts the truth Abigail discovered in the five years since the accident: You might not find meaning in disaster, but you might, with effort, make something useful of it.
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Good, but narration could have been better!
Too emotionally flat.
This is a well written autobiographical account of a tough situation. It wasn't what I expected. The focus was largely on the situation with the brain injured husband, with both the wife's moving on and the dogs, being minor side issues. Nevertheless, it was interesting and engaging. Unfortunately, I found the narration tough going. Nearly every word was voiced in a relatively mono tone, with a depressed undercurrent. Although anyone going through the circumstances of the book would be depressed at times, a 5-year period was depicted, so it wasn't appropriate to read the entire thing in that way and was tough going for the listener.
- Ann D