Synopses & Reviews
After nature writer Gretel Ehrlich was struck by lightning near her Wyoming ranch and almost died, she embarked on a painstaking and visionary journey back to the land of the living. With the help of an extraordinary cardiologist and the companionship of her beloved dog Sam, she avidly explores the natural and spiritual world to make sense of what happened to her. We follow as she combs every inch of her new home on the California coast, attends a convention of lightning-strike victims, and goes on a seal watch in Alaska. Ehrlich then turns her focus inward, exploring the tiny but equally fascinating ecosystem of the human heart, and culminates in a stunningly beautiful description of open-heart surgery.
"This eclectic chronicle of recovery offers excursions into neurobiology, cardiology, the lore and science of lightning, and the medical literature of lightning injury....Evocative writing and lots of interesting facts." The New York Times Book Review
"In 1991 the author of this lyrical narrative of resurrection was struck by lightning near her Wyoming ranch. The effects of this electrocution were long-lasting, requiring intensive medical attention for the physical and mental trauma that included sensory impairment....Ehrlich's inspirational self-discovery calls attention to other lightning survivors as, 'carved from a ruined body,' she returns to the ranch with new life." Publishers Weekly
"Acclaimed for The Solace of Open Spaces, Ehrlich here reveals that scary things can happen in open spaces, too. She recounts being struck and momentarily killed." Library Journal