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When tragedy makes us unrecognizable from without,
how can we defend what lies within?

The history of the Nayers was divided by one violent, accidental moment. In the time it took her to light a match in the cellar of their rented vacation home, Dorothy and her husband Hank were engulfed in a flash fire.

She barely survived, her face scarred beyond recognition, her body ...

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Overview

When tragedy makes us unrecognizable from without,
how can we defend what lies within?

The history of the Nayers was divided by one violent, accidental moment. In the time it took her to light a match in the cellar of their rented vacation home, Dorothy and her husband Hank were engulfed in a flash fire.

She barely survived, her face scarred beyond recognition, her body required to endure thirty-seven operations. He was scarcely better off, convinced that survival had been the cruelest of outcomes.

Yet the greatest injustice of all was the estrangement of their young daughters, who didn’t see their parents for nine months after the accident. Their reconnection to people who no longer seemed familiar was painful and slow.

Four decades later, their daughter Louise recounts this difficult transformation with a poetic candor that evokes the relentless determination of her mother and the silent desperation of her father. Burned is the story of how life can be restored through the sheer force of will.

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Editorial Reviews

Spencer Michels
“Louise Nayer has managed to turn her traumatic (harrowing) childhood experience into a dramatic tale that fully involves the reader in the fascinating minutia of a family’s trauma.”
Carl Dennis
“Meticulous and moving….Louise Nayer’s memoir makes a large statement about human healing.”
Greg Mortensen
“A deeply moving, beautifully written, and transforming story.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934633304
  • Publisher: Atlas
  • Publication date: 4/19/2010
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Nayer is a writer, a poet, and a Professor of English. She lives in San Francisco. In the words of Robert Creeley: "As a poet and writer Louise Nayer has established herself as a singular voice of her generation."

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

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    Beyond Our Greatest Challenges Lie Our Greatest Victories

    When Dorothy Nayer lights a match in the cellar of the family vacation home on the evening of July 22nd, 1954, she has no idea just how devastating an impact the consequences of such a simple act will have on her family for years to come...suddenly engulfed in a flash fire, Dorothy and her husband, Hank, will spend the rest of their lives horribly burned and disfigured, while their daughters, Anne and Louise, struggle to reconnect with them after a forced estrangement threatens to sever their family bond. Ultimately, the Nayers manage to overcome the tragedy through little more than the strength of Dorothy's willpower alone.

    Equally inspiring and riveting, Burned is a powerfully compelling memoir. In it, author Louise Nayer recounts not only the horror of a sudden life-changing tragedy, but also the emotional and spiritual turmoil of the ensuing years of painful recovery. Written in poignant, evocative language, Burned serves as a stark reminder that - rather than iconic, superhuman figures - true heroes are simply average, everyday people who manage to summon insuperable courage and tenacity in the face of unforeseen adversity. In so doing, Nayer's moving life story infuses the reader with a profound hope that no obstacle - regardless of how imposing it may seem - is ever too big to overcome.

    Rich and subtly powerful, Burned is sure to resonate deep within readers of all ages and backgrounds. A highly recommended, supremely encouraging read.


    Cary Merriman
    Apex Reviews

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