On seventeen occasions, award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell has stared death in the face—and lived to tell the tale.
In this astonishing #1 Sunday Times bestelling memoir by the author of Hamnet, she shares the 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
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.
Maggie O’Farrell is so good
The sensory detail with which she writes, the depth and care with which she approaches life and death, and her rich, evocative prose all draw me in deeply. The perfect book for anyone who loves to read.