In this astonishing memoir, the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage Portrait and Hamnet shares the seventeen near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life.
The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life’s myriad dangers.
Here, O’Farrell stiches together these discrete encounters to tell the story of her entire life. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, she captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.
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In I Am, I Am, I Am, novelist Maggie O’Farrell tells the story of 17 real-life near-death experiences that haunt her. Some are familiar and relatable—the time little Maggie recklessly ran into the street—while others are jaw-dropping, like the time she narrowly escaped the clutches of a murderer. Every vignette here feels like plunging into ice-cold water: exhilarating and astonishing, with a lasting impact. O’Farrell’s book is a sad and beautiful exploration of the fragility of life.
Not mind blowing; some parts interesting
The idea is that the author recounts 17 near death experiences but the last 1/3 was devoted to her ill daughter- somewhat of a disconnect. The author bobs in and out of events without neatly transitioning to the next.
I don’t know
What I just read. I was so confused if this was non fiction or fiction? The timeline was all over the place. And I have no clue what that ending was.
Endearing and heartfelt
Her innate ability to use words in such a way that they are nearly leaping from the pages and touching you invoking the emotions within that are appropriated for the circumstances and will leave you feeling melancholic and yearning for more of her keen skillfully chosen placed and connected to the others to make the story come alive, the heart beats quicken the alertness and intrigue that’s overshadowing any external or internal distractions or other thought. When you read her words they’ll consume you, filling your heart mind and soul with a warmth of resonance and profound wonderment towards such a gift, a joy to have experienced such a delight and feel such a kinship with another soul whom you’ve never met yet wonder perhaps, hadn’t you.