Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck by Lightning

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A powerful chronicle of a wounded woman’s exploration of nature and self

After nature writer Gretel Ehrlich was struck by lightning near her Wyoming ranch and almost died, she embarked on a painstaking and visionary journey back to the land of the living. With the help of an extraordinary cardiologist and the companionship of her beloved dog Sam, she avidly explores the natural and spiritual world to make sense of what happened to her. We follow as she combs every inch of her ...

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Overview

A powerful chronicle of a wounded woman’s exploration of nature and self

After nature writer Gretel Ehrlich was struck by lightning near her Wyoming ranch and almost died, she embarked on a painstaking and visionary journey back to the land of the living. With the help of an extraordinary cardiologist and the companionship of her beloved dog Sam, she avidly explores the natural and spiritual world to make sense of what happened to her. We follow as she combs every inch of her new home on the California coast, attends a convention of lightning-strike victims, and goes on a seal watch in Alaska. Ehrlich then turns her focus inward, exploring the tiny but equally fascinating ecosystem of the human heart, and culminated in a stunningly beautiful description of open-heart surgery.

After nature writer Gretel Ehrlich was struck by lightning near her Wyoming ranch and almost died, she embarked on a grueling but often exhilarating journey back to the land of the living. Here she invites readers to share that journey, as she hungrily explores the natural and spiritual world to try and make sense of what happened to her.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1991 the author of this lyrical narrative of resurrection was struck by lightning near her Wyoming ranch. The effects of this electrocution were long-lasting, requiring intensive medical attention for the physical and mental trauma that included sensory impairment. In her chronicle of two years of healing, naturalist Ehrlich The Solace of Open Spaces traces the abrupt changing of her life from ``before the negative charge shot down from cloud to ground.'' Her love for animals and the earth was a support, as was the care of an intuitive cardiologist and the friends and family who rallied around as her failing marriage finally ended. Ehrlich's inspirational self-discovery calls attention to other lightning survivors as, ``carved from a ruined body,'' she returns to the ranch with new life. June
Library Journal
Acclaimed for The Solace of Open Spaces LJ 11/1/85, Ehrlich here reveals that scary things can happen in open spaces, too. She recounts being struck and momentarily killed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140179378
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,004,399
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Gretel Ehrlich is a poet and writer whose work includes This Cold Heaven; The Solace of Open Spaces; Islands, the Universe; the novel, Heart Mountain; and the memoir A Match to the Heart. She is the recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award and the Henry David Thoreau Prize.
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