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Short Synopsis
For fans of Brain on Fire and My Stroke of Insight, an incredible first-person account of one woman's journey to regaining her language and identity after a brain aneurysm affects her ability to communicate.

Full Synopsis
Lauren Marks was twenty-seven when an aneurysm ruptured in her brain and left her fighting for her life. She woke up in a hospital soon after with serious deficiencies to her reading, speaking, and writing abilities, and an unfamiliar diagnosis: aphasia. This would be shocking news for anyone, but Lauren was a voracious reader, an actress, director, dramaturg, and pursuing her PhD. At any other period of her life, this diagnosis would have been a devastating blow. But she woke up . . . different. She returned to her childhood home to recover, grappling with a muted inner monologue and fractured sense of self.

Soon after, Lauren began a journal to chronicle her year following the rupture. A Stitch of Time is the remarkable result, an Oliver Sacks–like case study of a brain slowly piecing itself back together, featuring clinical research interwoven with Lauren's personal narrative and actual journal entries that marked her progress. Alternating between fascination and frustration, she relearns and re-experiences many of the things we take for granted. Deeply personal and powerful, A Stitch of Time is an unforgettable journey of self-discovery, resilience, and hope.

"Read by Tavia Gilbert, the listener is right there with Lauren. The story reads like fiction and is all the more effective knowing it is not." ---Youth Services Book Review

"Marks's story is humbling and hopeful, a demonstration of the mind's flexibility and resourcefulness to heal, morph and press on, even when met with potentially life-threatening circumstances." ---Shelf Awareness

"Engrossing . . . A story of hope . . . Marks gives an inside account of a brain in the act of healing-including all the ups, downs, and complications-and also supplies useful information for those suffering from aphasia." ---Publishers Weekly

"Marks is a gorgeous writer and her story of healing is moving, informative but above all a great read . . . I could not put this book down." ---Heidi W. Durrow, New York Times bestselling author

"A Stitch of Time is fascinating reading for those who want to learn how language works." ---Dr. Temple Grandin, author of The Autistic Brain

"A Stitch of Time will leave you hopeful and dazzled and grateful that Marks found words again and shared them us here." ---Ann Hood, author of The Book That Matters Most

"Gilbert's expressive narration is tonally varied and well paced, capturing Marks's emotional journey." ---AudioFile

A Stitch of Time

The Year a Brain Injury Changed My Language and Life

Author Lauren Marks

Narrated by Tavia Gilbert

Publication date May 2, 2017

Running time 11 hrs 25 min

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