Title: Long Time, No See
Publisher: University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Chicago
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)
Inscribed by the author. Slight wear along the book edges. Bookseller Inventory # 106758
Synopsis: "Long Time, No See" is certainly an inspiring story, but Beth Finke does not aim to inspire. Eschewing reassuring platitudes and sensational pleas for sympathy, she charts her struggles with juvenile diabetes, blindness, and a host of other hardships, sharing her feelings of despair and frustration as well as her hard-won triumphs. Rejecting the label "courageous," she prefers to describe herself using the phrase her mother invoked in times of difficulty: "She did what she had to do."With unflinching candor and acerbic wit, Finke chronicles the progress of the juvenile diabetes that left her blind at the age of twenty-six as well as the seemingly endless spiral of adversity that followed. First she was forced out of her professional job. Then she bore a multiply handicapped son. But she kept moving forward, confronting marital and financial problems and persevering through a rocky training period with a seeing-eye dog. Finke's life story and her commanding knowledge of her situation give readers a clear understanding of diabetes, blindness, and the issues faced by parents of children with significant disabilities. Because she has taken care to include accurate medical information as well as personal memoir, "Long Time, No See" serves as an excellent resource for others in similar situations and for professionals who deal with disabled adults or children.
About the Author: Beth Finke lives in Urbana, Illinois. Her articles have been published in Writer Magazine, the Anchorage Press, Berkeley Bark, and Dog Fancy. She is a part-time nude model for university art classes, and she appears as a commentator on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition."
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