Smile

£ 13.08

Author: Sarah Ruhl

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Description

The extraordinary story of one woman’s ten-year odyssey that brought her physical, creative, emotional, and spiritual healing. With a play opening on Broadway, and every reason to smile, Sarah Ruhl has just survived a high-risk pregnancy when she discovers the left side of her face is completely paralyzed. She is assured that 90 percent of Bell’s palsy patients experience a full recovery, like her own mother. But Sarah is in the unlucky ten percent. And for a woman, wife, mother, and artist working in theatre, the paralysis and the disconnect between the interior and exterior brings significant and specific challenges. So she begins an intense decade-long search for a cure while simultaneously grappling with the reality of her new face – one that, while recognisably her own, is incapable of accurately communicating feelings or intentions. Smile is Ruhl’s piercing, witty, lucid chronicle of her journey. She explores the struggle of a body yearning to match its inner landscape, the pain of postpartum depression, the story of a marriage, being a playwright and working mother to three small children, and the desire for a resilient spiritual life in the face of illness. Brimming with insight, humility, warmth and humour, Smile is a triumph: an intimate examination of loss and reconciliation, and above all else, the importance of perseverance and hope in the face of adversity. show more

Additional information

Weight 350 g
Author

Sarah Ruhl

Publisher

Vintage Publishing

Binding

Hardback

ISBN-10

1847926320

Dimensions

222 x 138 x 30

Language

English

Country of Pub

United Kingdom

Book Condition

New

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