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You've Been So Lucky Already: A Memoir

You've Been So Lucky Already: A Memoir

by Alethea Black


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From the award-winning author of I Knew You’d Be Lovely comes an empowering and disarmingly funny memoir about grief and illness—and the wit and wisdom it takes to survive it.

As a child, Alethea Black drifts between her father, a brilliant mathematician who is also her best friend, and her mother, a frank and outspoken woman on fire. After her father’s death, Alethea is left unmoored, a young woman more connected to life’s ethereal mysteries than to practical things such as doing laundry or paying taxes.

And then, just when life seems to be getting back on track, she’s suddenly racked by crushing fatigue, inexplicable pain, and memory loss. With her grasp on reality fading, and specialist after specialist declaring nothing is wrong, Alethea turns to her own research and desperate home remedies. But even as her frantic quest for wellness seems to lead to confusion and despair, she discovers more about her own strength than she ever could have imagined—and becomes a woman on fire herself.

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ISBN-13: 9781503900592
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alethea Black was born in Boston and graduated from Harvard College in 1991. Her work has been featured in the Kenyon Review, the American Literary Review, and Narrative Magazine, among others. The author of the short-story collection I Knew You’d Be Lovely, she’s the recipient of the Arts & Letters Prize and is a three-time winner of the MOTH StorySLAM. Black lives in Los Angeles County, California, with her dachshund, Josie. For more on her work, visit www.aletheablack.com.

Table of Contents

Part I Unconcealment 1

The Unmasked Secrets of the Universe 3

Conversations with Angels 9

Morse Code from the Dead 13

Love's Austere and Lonely Offices 21

Part II You, on a Good Day 27

Reason to Stay 43

A Place in the World 55

Jesus 71

The Squatty Killers 77

Dating Games 85

Part III California Sky 91

The Quiet Miracle of a Normal Life 97

Map to an Unknown Illness 99

The Slide 107

Chimera 111

Waging a War 119

Flatlining 125

Hysteria 129

Surrender 135

Part IV Miracle 143

Diagnoses 149

An Explosion of Lightbulb Moments 159

The Lonely Girl's Guide to the Cosmos 163

Meditation 169

When Your Struggle Becomes Your Song 181


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