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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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
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
Waging a War 119
Part IV Miracle 143
An Explosion of Lightbulb Moments 159
The Lonely Girl's Guide to the Cosmos 163
When Your Struggle Becomes Your Song 181
About the Author