Synopses & Reviews
The history of the Nayers was divided by one violent, accidental moment. In the time it took her to light a match in the cellar of their rented vacation home, Dorothy and her husband Hank were engulfed in a flash fire.
She barely survived, her face scarred beyond recognition, her body required to endure thirty-seven operations. He was scarcely better off, convinced that survival had been the cruelest of outcomes.
Yet the greatest injustice of all was the estrangement of their young daughters, who didn't see their parents for nine months after the accident. Their reconnection to people who no longer seemed familiar was painful and slow.
Four decades later, their daughter Louise recounts this difficult transformation with a poetic candor that evokes the relentless determination of her mother and the silent desperation of her father. Burned is the story of how life can be restored through the sheer force of will.
"Louise Nayer has managed to turn her traumatic (harrowing) childhood experience into a dramatic tale that fully involves the reader in the fascinating minutia of a family's trauma." Spencer Michels
"Meticulous and moving....Louise Nayer's memoir makes a large statement about human healing." Carl Dennis, author of < em=""> Practical Gods < m="">
"A deeply moving, beautifully written, and transforming story." Greg Mortensen, author of < em=""> Three Cups of Tea < m="">
When tragedy makes us unrecognizable from without, how can we defend what lies within?
About the Author
Louise Nayer is a writer, a poet, and a Professor of English. She lives in San Francisco. In the words of Robert Creeley: "As a poet and writer Louise Nayer has established herself as a singular voice of her generation."