Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery

Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery

by Maxine Kumin


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"Here is a singular story of survival, an earthly miracle wrought by family devotion, gardens, horses, guts. A compelling read."—Carolyn Heilbrun

In July 1998, when Maxine Kumin's horse bolted at a carriage-driving clinic, she was not expected to live. Yet, less than a year later, her progress pronounced a miracle by her doctors, she was at work on this journal of her astonishing recovery. She tells of her time "inside the halo," the near-medieval device that kept her head immobile during weeks of intensive care and rehabilitation, of the lasting "rehab" friendships, and of the loving family who always believed she would heal. "[S]he resonates wisdom while announcing a triumph of body and soul."—Anne Roiphe, New York Times Book Review "Maxine Kumin brings the sensitivity and imagination of a poet to her extraordinary ordeal."—Richard Selzer, author of Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery "From a singular experience she has created a lesson that is universal, which, it seems to me, is the essence of being a poet."—Abraham Verghese, author of The Tennis Partner

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ISBN-13: 9780393322613
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/17/2001
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,171,405
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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