“A massive brain trauma robbed fashionable young Louise of the shallow currency she’d banked on all her life, and the resulting struggle is a page‐turner in which a person’s very soul deepens before your eyes. Louise: Amended rewards a reader’s time-‐a must read.” —Mary Karr, New York Times bestselling author of The Liars’ Club
A beautiful young woman from Kansas is about to embark on the life of her dreams (California! Glossy journalism! French boyfriend!) only to suffer a brain bleed that collapses the right side of her body, leaving her with double vision, facial paralysis, and a dragging foot. An unflinching, wise, and darkly funny portrait of sudden disability and painstaking recovery, the memoir presents not only Louise’s perspective, but also the reaction of her loved ones–we see, in fictional interludes, what it must have been like for Louise’s boyfriend to bathe her, or for her mother to apply lipstick to her nearly immobile mouth. Now, six years later, Louise has astounded doctors and loved ones by recovering not only much of her vision and mobility, but a ferocious spirit and enviable grace.
At age twenty-two, Louise Krug suffered a brain bleed and underwent an emergency craniotomy that disrupted her ability to walk, see, and move half her face. Now, six years later, Louise has astounded doctors and loved ones by recovering not only much of her vision and mobility, but a ferocious spirit and enviable grace. She currently lives with her husband Nick and daughter Olive in Lawrence, Kansas, where she’s a PhD candidate and teacher.