Limbo: A Memoir about Life in a Nursing Home by a Survivor

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A seventy-nine-year-old woman, confined to a nursing home in Arizona after gall bladder surgery, tells of her struggle to retain her identity and overcome her sense of isolation, helplessness, and dehumanization

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Limbo recounts Carobeth Laird's "efforts to hold onto sanity and identity in an atmosphere which was, by its very nature, dehumanizing." In straightforward, wryly observant, and reflective prose, she describes her seventy-ninth year, the year her gall bladder burst. She winds up a resident of the Golden Mesa nursing home. Nearly paralyzed and hopeless, and feeling trapped by a "body, with its relentless unreasoning instinct for survival [that] was at cross-purposes with a mind that could see absolutely no future," she begins to articulate her experience. The caucasian widow of a member of the Chemehuevis/Malki tribe, Carobeth Laird enhances her prose with acute observations and comments on race and her ability to maintain her sense of humor despite many humiliating and heartbreaking experiences. Several months after her arrival in Golden Mesa, her manuscripts Encounter With An Angry God and The Chemehuevis - both written after her seventy-fifth birthday - are accepted for publication, and Carobeth Laird remembers just why she wants to live again. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Jesse Larsen

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