Limbo by A. Manette Ansay
A Memoir

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From childhood, acclaimed novelist A. Manette Ansay trained to become a concert pianist. But when she was nineteen, a mysterious muscle disorder forced her to give up the piano, and by twenty-one, she couldn't grip a pen or walk across a room. She entered a world of limbo, one in which no one could explain what was happening to her or predict what the future would hold.

At twenty-three, beginning a whole new life in a motorized wheelchair, Ansay made a New Year's resolution to start writing fiction, rediscovering the sense of passion and purpose she thought she had lost for good.

Thirteen years later, still without a firm diagnosis or prognosis, Ansay reflects on the ways in which the unraveling of one life can plant the seeds of another, and considers how her own physical limbo has challenged—in ways not necessarily bad—her most fundamental assumptions about life and faith.

Luminously written, Limbo is a brilliant and moving testimony to the resilience of the human spirit.


About A. Manette Ansay

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A. Manette Ansay is the author of eight books, including "Vinegar Hill", "Midnight Champagne" (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and "Blue Water". She has received the Pushcart Prize, two Great Lakes Book Awards, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches in the MFA writing program at the University of Miami.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A girl one floor down from me fractured her arm landing a Beethoven chord.”) Confined to a wheelchair for the past 15 years, Ansay has transferred her energies from music to writing, becoming a favorite of Oprah and midwestern booksellers alike.

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What kind of story is that?'' It is in writing this memoir that Ansay reclaims control of the larger narrative of her life and lays it out, as Wallace Stevens put it, ''without evasion by a single metaphor'' imposed on her by God and other peo...

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In this gorgeous memoir, Ansay (Vinegar Hill;

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