A Final Arc of Sky

Paperback $16.00

May 01, 2010 | 248 Pages

  • Paperback $16.00

    May 01, 2010 | 248 Pages


In this compelling memoir, her moving reflections on life and death interweave clinical encounters with her own life. . . . Culkin sees herself and others clearly, and poetic juxtapositions make her sentences soar.—Publishers Weekly

“A marvelous writer, mixing tragedy and reflection with luminous prose . . . We are privileged to share her passion and heartbreak.”—Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Talker

“”With its perfect capture of the fragility of life and our vulnerable human bodies and bonds, A Final Arc of Sky . . . is a disturbing, powerful read.”—Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times

“Rarely have we heard from such an eloquent yet urgent voice from the front lines of mortality. . . . Culkin writes with elegiac grace and unblinking honesty.”—Robin Hemley, author of Invented Eden

“Absorbing . . . This former neonatal and pediatric intensive-care nurse has vivid memories of the tiny patients whose lives were in her hands, and she writes of them with warmth and clarity. . . . Powerful and lucid . . . The risks of being an emergency flight nurse-night flights, bad weather, human error-come fully alive. . . . Enthralling.”—Kirkus Reviews

“With her electrifying scenes, her gorgeous sentences, and her provocative explorations of the borderland between life and death, Culkin engaged my heart, my intellect, my artistic sensibility, and my adrenaline.”—Ann Pancake, author of Strange as This Weather Has Been

“I loved the stories, the language, the point of view, but what I loved most was the way this book was able to break my heart—then mend it.”—Judith Kitchen, author of Distance and Direction

Table Of Contents

Chapter One: The Shadow We Cast
Chapter Two: A Hold on the Earth
Chapter Three: Omens
Chapter Four: Swimming in the Dark
Chapter Five: Some Inner Planet
Chapter Six: A Little Taste for the Edge
Chapter Seven: A Few Beats of Black Wing
Chapter Eight: Longview
Chapter Nine: New Worlds, Like Fractals
Chapter Ten: Theories of the Universe
Chapter Eleven: Night Vision
Chapter Twelve: Out There in the Deep

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