Fascinating and weirdly life-affirming. Found myself thinking about my own brushes with death, some more close than others. That's what made this memoir so successful to me: most readers will likely come away grateful, appreciating the here and now.— Susan
February 2018 Indie Next List
“Maggie O'Farrell's memoir left me breathless and heart-sore. There were times I literally had a fist to my own heart in sympathy. The encounters told according to each limb or organ is a genius device; it is as though each distinct part of her body had its own voice and wanted my sole attention. Even the spaces of years between each event were full of meaning and nuance. This is one of the most mesmerizing memoirs I have ever read. The breadth and scope of Maggie's 17 brushes with death left me gasping for air, and her strong voice is indelible: There is no victim here, and life is to be treasured but not treated too delicately.”
— Maeve Noonan, Northshire Bookstore Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, NY
This is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life.