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From childhood, acclaimed novelist A. Manette Ansay trained to become a concert pianist. But when she was nineteen, a mysterious muscle disorder forced her to give up the piano, and by twenty-one, she couldn't grip a pen or walk across a room. She entered a world of limbo, one in which no one could explain what was happening to her or predict what the future would hold.

At twenty-three, beginning a whole new life in a motorized wheelchair, Ansay made a New Year's resolution to start writing fiction, rediscovering the sense of passion and purpose she thought she had lost for good.

Thirteen years later, still without a firm diagnosis or prognosis, Ansay reflects on the ways in which the unraveling of one life can plant the seeds of another, and considers how her own physical limbo has challenged—in ways not necessarily bad—her most fundamental assumptions about life and faith.

Luminously written, Limbo is a brilliant and moving testimony to the resilience of the human spirit.

Review:

"In this gorgeous memoir, Ansay recounts how, at the age of 19, an undiagnosed muscle disorder cut short her promising career as a concert pianist....Ansay beautifully illuminates selected details of her Catholic childhood, her struggles with religious faith and her growing realization that her illness is a permanent one." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Ansay writes with the conviction and authenticity of one who has had to give up on her dream and find a new sense of purpose....Readers will enjoy the account of the carefree summers on her grandparents' farm, and some will empathize with her struggles to reconcile her illness and her belief in God." Library Journal

Review:

"A graceful, wonderfully written memoir that's sure to please Ansay's fiction fans — as well as readers of confessional and inspirational literature." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

From childhood, acclaimed novelist A. Manette Ansay trained to become a concert pianist. But when she was nineteen, a mysterious muscle disorder forced her to give up the piano, and by twenty-one, she couldn't grip a pen or walk across a room. She entered a world of limbo, one in which no one could explain what was happening to her or predict what the future would hold.

At twenty-three, beginning a whole new life in a motorized wheelchair, Ansay made a New Year's resolution to start writing fiction, rediscovering the sense of passion and purpose she thought she had lost for good.

Thirteen years later, still without a firm diagnosis or prognosis, Ansay reflects on the ways in which the unraveling of one life can plant the seeds of another, and considers how her own physical limbo has challenged—in ways not necessarily bad—her most fundamental assumptions about life and faith.

Luminously written, Limbo is a brilliant and moving testimony to the resilience of the human spirit.

About the Author

A. Manette Ansay grew up in rural Wisconsin one of sixty-seven cousins and more than two hundred second cousins in a large extended Catholic farming family. At thirty-six, she is the author of four highly acclaimed novels, including Midnight Champagne, a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, and Vinegar Hill, an Oprah's Book Club Selection, as well as Sister, River Angel, and a collection of short stories, Read This and Tell Me What It Says. She lives in New York City with her husband of eleven years, and is at work on another novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780380732876
Author:
Ansay, A. Manette
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Ansay, A. Manette
Author:
by A. Manette Ansay
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Catholics
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.14x5.34x.72 in. .48 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Perennial - English 9780380732876 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In this gorgeous memoir, Ansay recounts how, at the age of 19, an undiagnosed muscle disorder cut short her promising career as a concert pianist....Ansay beautifully illuminates selected details of her Catholic childhood, her struggles with religious faith and her growing realization that her illness is a permanent one."
"Review" by , "Ansay writes with the conviction and authenticity of one who has had to give up on her dream and find a new sense of purpose....Readers will enjoy the account of the carefree summers on her grandparents' farm, and some will empathize with her struggles to reconcile her illness and her belief in God."
"Review" by , "A graceful, wonderfully written memoir that's sure to please Ansay's fiction fans — as well as readers of confessional and inspirational literature."
"Synopsis" by , From childhood, acclaimed novelist A. Manette Ansay trained to become a concert pianist. But when she was nineteen, a mysterious muscle disorder forced her to give up the piano, and by twenty-one, she couldn't grip a pen or walk across a room. She entered a world of limbo, one in which no one could explain what was happening to her or predict what the future would hold.

At twenty-three, beginning a whole new life in a motorized wheelchair, Ansay made a New Year's resolution to start writing fiction, rediscovering the sense of passion and purpose she thought she had lost for good.

Thirteen years later, still without a firm diagnosis or prognosis, Ansay reflects on the ways in which the unraveling of one life can plant the seeds of another, and considers how her own physical limbo has challenged—in ways not necessarily bad—her most fundamental assumptions about life and faith.

Luminously written, Limbo is a brilliant and moving testimony to the resilience of the human spirit.

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