The Long Awakening Paperback

A Memoir

by Lindsey O'Connor;

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The Long Awakening

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The riveting true story of a life-threatening coma, a miraculous awakening, and the long quest to regain what was lost.

The day our baby came into the world was the day I left. A day that began all smiles and excitement and anticipation and joy ended with running and panic and blood and tears. And then coma.

I lay suspended in the deep, my newborn unknown. Nothingness. Layers where dark pulled from below, light called from above, and me, trapped in between, longing to break the surface.

To live.

Forty-seven days later when I first saw my husband's face leaning close to me, I knew where, and who, I was. But other things took much longer to know. Learning to restitch life--and love--when everything's changed, and finding who we are afterward, can be the longest journey of all.

I'm Lindsey O'Connor, and this is the story of my long awakening.

The Long Awakening by Lindsey O'Connor was published by Baker in November 2013 and is our 63418th best seller. The ISBN for The Long Awakening is 9780800723170.

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"A searingly honest story of one woman's awakening from a coma after her baby's birth--and her long road back . . . . Unforgettable."--Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author.

"Brilliant and renewing. A spectacular work of reflection, remembering, reconciling, and recovering. Memoir writing at its finest."--Patricia Raybon, author of My First White Friend and I Told the Mountain to Move.

"Good things often happen when a great story meets a talented storyteller. But Lindsey O'Connor's grasp of literary journalism gives this personal narrative much more substance than the typical memoir. Strong reporting places her experience in larger contexts that add depth and understanding. A true story in the deepest sense of the word."--Jack Hart, author of Storycraft, writing coach, former managing editor of The Oregonian, and editor of two Pulitzer Prize-winning stories.

"A lyrical, stunning tale of one woman's return to life. A laughing, weeping story of a family finding their way back home."--Claire Díaz-Ortiz, author, social innovation at Twitter, Inc.

"O'Connor takes us into the groundlessness of intense trauma and reentry, and candidly (sometimes brutally so) shows what it is to resist, receive, and be . . . grace."--Laura Munson, author of the New York Times and international bestseller This Is Not the Story You Think It Is.

"Be careful picking up The Long Awakening because you may be unable to put it down. This is a moving, intimate story, arrestingly written, that glimmers with a keen understanding of what matters."--John Biewen, audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and editor of Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound.

"For Lindsey O'Connor, surviving a 47-day coma was only prologue to a miraculous story of science, doubt, faith, and love. Hers is an astonishing narrative, courageously told."--David Schulman, former senior producer, BBC's Americana and creator of public radio's Musicians in Their Own Words.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBaker (November 2013)
Number of Pages240
Thickness13 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4139204
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