Synopses & Reviews
The moving and hilarious true story of a young woman who found romance and laughter in the midst of illness
At the age of eighteen, Angela Balcita had reached a point in her life when her health could not keep up with her optimistic personality. After suffering kidney failure and after her body's rejection of the kidney her brother donated to her, she was in desperate need of a transplant.
Lucky for Angela, she had found the ultimate partner in crime: her boyfriend, Charlie. Although they had known each other for only a short period of time, Charlie offered Angela his kidney. The ensuing story is unforgettable, with readers following Angela and Charlie's journey through preparations for their respective surgeries; the procedures themselves, difficult yet emotionally riveting; the process of recuperation through the relapses; and the eventual healing—both inside and out—that greets this undeniably powerful duo.
Expanded from Angela's unforgettable "Modern Love" column in the New York Times and by turns funny, bittersweet, and heartwarming, Moonface will make readers laugh, cry, and, above all, appreciate the importance of unconditional love.
“[Angela Balcitas] story is a sweet testimony to the power of family, love, perseverance, and hope. And three cheers for her husband, Charlie, a natural comic and all-around great guy.” Julie Metz, New York Times bestselling author of Perfection
“[Moonface] will restore your faith in humanity.” People
“Balcita paints a picture of [her and her husbands] commitment and empathy for each other that is sweet and compelling enough to keep readers engrossed into the wee hours.” USA Today
“Girl meets boy, girl gets boy, girl gets kidney. . . . Moonface is full of people doing the best they can to take care of each other, and reading it is a rare refresher course in ordinary human kindness.” Marion Winik, author of First Comes Love and The Glen Rock Book of the Dead
“What makes Balcitas memoir so brightly entertaining is the unequaled sense of humor and perspective with which she and her devoted boyfriend-cum-spouse, Charlie, challenge these health problems. Certainly, Balcitas pitch-perfect prose and intrinsic sense of timing dont hurt either.” Booklist
“A triumphant story of hope and love. Buy this bookand a box of Kleeneximmediately.” OK! Magazine
“With her sharp ear for dialogue and unflinching honesty, Balcita offers a sweet story of love and healing.” BookPage
“Balcita gratefully reiterates how she has been blessed with the healing power of friends and family, who collectively bolstered her faith in love. A heartwarming and inspiring memoir.” Kirkus Reviews
“A wonderfully composed, moving tale...Whether reflecting on her nomadic postcollege days or her emergency C-section, Balcita balances drama and comedy with finesse.” Publishers Weekly
“Angela Balcita's love story takes a couple of artsy wanderers off the road and into the bright, scary world of transplants, dialysis, and neonatal intensive care.” —Marion Winik, author of The Glen Rock Book of the Dead
From the pages of the New York Times Modern Love column comes one womans moving and uproarious story of how love and laughter rescued her from life-threatening illness. Angela Balcitas cathartic memoir of finding love while wrestling with kidney failure will strike a chord with anyone yearning for a poignant, true-to-life romance…with a real fairy tale ending.
About the Author
Angela Balcita received her MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Iowa Review, and Utne Reader, among other publications. She lives in Baltimore with her husband and daughter.