Jonathan's memory is gone, wiped clean by a six-year coma. Since nobody had expected him to recover, his sudden awakening becomes an awkward intrusion on his family and friends.
Rebecca's personality has changed, making her a stranger to her husband. Gone is the vivacious trophy wife, replaced by a shy, awkward woman with a knack for saying exactly the wrong thing.
They don't fit in. And they'll never be the same. But now they've got to decide what matters most: who they were, or who they can become?
A steadily accelerating story exploring the irony, humor, and opportunity that can accompany personal calamity, ME AGAIN follows the intertwined paths of two people forced to start over in life: one looking for his place in a world that has moved on without him, the other struggling to navigate a relationship with a man who wishes she were someone else.
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I was born on a Tuesday morning. It was a difficult birth, because I was thirty-four years old.
I opened my eyes, and saw a long bar of blue-white light. It hung directly over me, making me realize I was lying on my back. Looking into the light made my eyes hurt, so I closed them, welcoming the darkness. But then it seemed particularly important to see that light again, so I reopened my eyes, blinking repeatedly to adjust to the glare.
I became aware of movement. A blurry female figure clad in white entered my view on one side. I lay staring at her, instinctively trying to blink her into focus, but with no success. Suddenly she drew closer, leaning down over me. For a brief moment our eyes met. Then I blinked.
"Jesus," she said. The name sounded familiar.
She disappeared from view, and I realized that I couldn't raise or turn my head to try to locate her. In fact, the only thing I could feel - or move - was my eyes. I had a vague sense that this was not good.
Although she was out of my sight, I could hear her. She was speaking, a rapid stream of words I wasn't quite able to follow. Other voices joined in, overlapping each other in conversation, and the name Jesus came up repeatedly.
I formed my first conscious thought: I must be Jesus.
What People are Saying About This
Heart and humor are inseparable in Keith Cronin's engaging debut. (Susan Henderson, author of Up from the Blue)
A work that will make readers laugh and think. (Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of The Thin Pink Line)
A beautifully wrought tale of courage, hope, and awakenings of all kinds. (Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We often forget that strokes don't just happen to older people. Keith Cronin's powerful debut novel explores what happens when a man and a woman in their late twenties both have their lives radically changed by strokes. The story also shows how stroke can affect not just the victims, but also those who are close to them, like spouses, family, friends and even enemies. Despite how serious all that sounds, 'Me Again' is also very funny. Jonathan's self-deprecating and clever observations are often laugh-out-loud funny, as he faces life with no memory and unable to count past the number three. And while Rebecca's inability to filter her own speech leads to some humorous moments, it also gives us some painfully intimate glimpses at what it's like to spend every day knowing you're not living up to the expectations of others. This is a satisfying, emotional book that manages to avoid being saccharine, yet still tugs pretty hard at the heartstrings - when it's not busy making you laugh. This would definitely make a great book club selection. Highly recommended!
I read the first 75 pages of Me Again before setting it aside. Although I appreciated Jonathan¿s voice and the struggle to recover from a devastating neurological event, I had a hard time buying into the novel. Perhaps because my profession is as a physical therapist, I found the scenes in the rehabilitation hospital mostly unbelievable. Jonathan¿s physical therapist is represented as an unprofessional womanizer and nearly all the stroke rehabilitation scenes were inaccurate. Both Jonathan and Rebecca refer to their physical therapists as ¿trainers¿ ¿ a phrase which I have never heard in the nearly 24 years I have been working as a PT. Rebecca¿s physical therapist would rather watch a football game on television than assist Rebecca to walk in the parallel bars (this was especially odd to me given that I have never worked in a rehabilitation gym where there is a television on, much less a football game). So, although this book is getting some great reviews, it was not for me.On a positive note ¿ Keith Cronin is donating 25% of all proceeds from the book to the American Stroke Association.
A powerful and well-written read. Mr. Cronin simply describes an awakening; awakening from a medical trauma and an awakening to ones true self.
This was a great read -- funny, compelling, heartwarming and authentic. Jonathan Hooper awakes from a 6-year coma, defying all the odds after suffering a massive stroke at the age of 28. As he works to regain his ability to speak, walk and take care of himself, he also must come to terms with the fact that he remembers almost nothing of his previous life. During his month's-long recovery in the hospital, Jon becomes friends with another young stroke victim, Rebecca. While Rebecca's memory is intact following her stroke, she has suffered a complete personality change and is now a stranger to her husband. While Rebecca struggles to somehow "fix" what has been broken, Jon struggles with the gradual realization that he might not have been a very "good" person in his previous life. Together, they navigate the daunting and "weird" path of rebuilding their lives and discovering who they have become. The author's writing style is witty, sharp and authentic. The dialogue rings true, the main and supporting characters are multidimensional, and the story moves along at a quick pace. While I saw some of the plot twists coming from a mile away, others caught me completely off guard. Overall, this was an entertaining, heartwarming read that left me emotionally satisfied upon turning the final page. One other thing worth noting is that the author has promised to contribute 25 percent of his earnings from the book to the American Stroke Association.
I am not much of a novel reader. I usually go straight for the reference, biography or personal development section, but the description of this book intrigued me so I purchased it and I am so glad that I did! What a beautiful book this is. I literally couldn't put it down. Starting it on a Friday night and reading through more than 2/3's of the book. When I finished it the next morning my only regret was that there was no more to read. Me Again will have you laughing and at times reaching for the box of tissues. I am truly looking forward to not only Keith Cronin's next book but rereading Me Again! This book would make a great movie! I highly recommend Me Again. You won't be sorry!
Being in the technology field, I don't read much fiction. This book hooked me from the first page, and I couldn't wait to see what happens next. There were moments when I laughed out loud while sitting alone, another moment where I fought back tears while waiting for my car to be serviced. You will fall in love with the main characters and connect with the challenges and revelations they encounter along their path of recovery. I must confess, Keith Cronin is a friend of mine. I purchased the book because of this fact. But I loved the book because it's a beautiful, well-crafted story.