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Girl in the Dark

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Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey
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Feb 23, 2016 | ISBN 9781101872123

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“Extraordinarily vivid. . . . [Lyndsey] has found new ways to look at the world, out of the darkness.”
     —The Washington Post

“Melodic, penetrating. . . . [Girl in the Dark] reveals the quiet, ingenious consciousness of a poet.”
     —The New York Times Book Review
“What stays with the reader is [Lyndsey’s] gutsiness, her imagination and fortitude.”
     —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“This book about darkness shines. . . . Its honesty, bravery and touches of black comedy will be a help to anyone suffering from a chronic illness as well as to those who—at least for now—are spared.”
   —The Sunday Times (London)
“The premise of Girl in the Dark seems lifted out of a Gothic novel: a woman whose flesh is burned by light is confined to a dark box of a room. But this story is so much more than a medical mystery or a nightmarishly true tale. I read this book, a memoir that reads like an epic poem, pen in hand, feverishly underlining sentence after sentence. . . . This book is a gift, a testament to the power of art as a saving grace.”
     —Susannah Cahalan, author of the New York Times bestseller Brain on Fire

“Absolutely stunning. . . . [Reveals] a gorgeous writer of rare honesty and wit.”
     —Boston Globe

“A little masterpiece. . . . A luminous account that celebrates everything that is best about being human.”
     —Mail on Sunday (London)

“Stories about illness or adversity often end up feeling like self-help books. Not this one. . . . Her insights jump off the page like challenges… [An] extremely readable and upliftingly brave memoir.”
     —Sydney Morning Herald

“Sparkles with dark humor and wonder at the world . . . beautifully affecting. . . . A tribute to the power of humanity, generosity and endurance, Girl in the Dark is incredibly powerful stuff.”      —The Guardian (London)

“Her prose is disorienting and dreamy, a nonlinear string of impressions that tries to capture what it feels like to live in the dark. . . .There is something ecstatic—erotic, even—about her sense impressions.”
     —NPR Books

“In this astonishing memoir Anna Lyndsey takes us into the world of a rare and shocking illness, and we emerge awed by a shining love story. Anna writes with such honesty and grace and mischief about how her condition forces her to retreat into blackness—yet we see that this new space she so bravely creates for herself is suffused with light.”
     —Sonali Deraniyagala, author of Wave, winner of the PEN/Ackerly Prize and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

“[Lyndsey] has taken her dark world and infused it with a luminous clarity and a quietly self-deprecating humour.”
    —The Toronto Star

“Deeply affecting. . . . Working gingerly with the array of metaphors that emerge from darkness and offering small, telling details, Lyndsey achieves a powerful assertion of self against the eclipse of all that she used to hold dear in the realm of light.”
     —Publishers Weekly

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