From the award-winning author of I Knew You’d Be Lovely comes an empowering and disarmingly funny memoir about grief and illness—and the wit and wisdom it takes to survive it.
As a child, Alethea Black drifts between her father, a brilliant mathematician who is also her best friend, and her mother, a frank and outspoken woman on fire. After her father’s death, Alethea is left unmoored, a young woman more connected to life’s ethereal mysteries than to practical things such as doing laundry or paying taxes.
And then, just when life seems to be getting back on track, she’s suddenly racked by crushing fatigue, inexplicable pain, and memory loss. With her grasp on reality fading, and specialist after specialist declaring nothing is wrong, Alethea turns to her own research and desperate home remedies. But even as her frantic quest for wellness seems to lead to confusion and despair, she discovers more about her own strength than she ever could have imagined—and becomes a woman on fire herself.
Alethea Black was born in Boston and graduated from Harvard in 1991. Her father was a mathematician, and for a long time, she believed her name, the Greek word for truth, was his way of tipping his cap to the idea of absolutes. Then one day her mother overheard her and said: “No, we got your name from a TV show.” (Judd, for the Defense.) Her first book, a short story collection called I Knew You’d Be Lovely, is in its seventh printing and was chosen as a Barnes and Noble ‘Discover’ selection. Her new memoir, You’ve Been So Lucky Already, is now available. A three-time MOTH StorySLAM champion, Black lives with her miniature dachshund, Josie, in LA County, California.
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