by Janet Buttenwieser

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ISBN-13: 9781925417654
Publisher: Vine Leaves Press
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 1,174,344
File size: 925 KB

About the Author

Janet Buttenwieser's work has appeared in The Rumpus, Under the Sun, Potomac Review, The Pinch, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. GUTS was a finalist for the University of New Orleans Publishing Lab Prize. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, was a finalist for Oregon Quarterly's Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest, and won honourable mention in The Atlantic Student Writing contest, the New Millennium Writings Award and the Artsmith Literary Award. She holds an MFA from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Visit Janet online:

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GUTS 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Jelena More than 1 year ago
Have you ever felt like a doctor or caregiver wasn't listening, or discounting your opinions? Have you ever known something was wrong with your body, but haven't been given the answers you need to heal? Guts is an absolutely incredibly story of a young woman's journey regarding an all to common occurrence in modern medicine. In it she recounts her early days of the illness that would come to dominate much of her life, and what it was like in a pre internet age to be diagnosed with a little understood disease. I actually felt frustrated for her that she couldn't simply Google her symptoms, or Google her disease and find support. The book isn't just about her diagnoses, or her various treatments. It's about her struggles with self image, her love life, her desire for motherhood, and suffering with loss. I don't want to give the book away at all, but at times I was incredulous this was all happening to the same person. This book is about the typical struggles and life of an average person, but with an excruciating disease thrown in to amplify those struggles. I read the book in two sittings, and it only took me two because my husband finally made me shut the light out and go to bed the first night. I needed answers for her, and I needed to know what happened to the people she encountered in her life. The author wrote in a funny, but matter of fact manner. I think most anyone will be able to identify with the author in some capacity, and will find themselves consumed by this book.