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Born with a number of birth defects known as VATER Syndrome, Anna Loizeaux’s chances for survival were uncertain. Each day was a gift and each moment was precious. Much of her brief life was spent in hospital nurseries and operating rooms, where medical technology and human intervention mustered all their resources to give her the chance for life that nature had not. In the end, they couldn’t.
Anna lived only a few precious, wonderful months, and when she died she shattered the lives of her parents. Where is the design to the death of a child? What is left to hold on to? William Loizeaux began to write a journal. Begun out of the agony of grief and the determination to forget nothing, Anna: A Daughter's Life becomes an affirmation: there is no life without a marker. In the terrible beauty and uncompromising honesty of her father's prose, Anna has her marker. This stunningly beautiful record of a father’s grief begun out of isolation and helpless rage, becomes an act of celebration. In it, he finds, and offers to us, the courage and spirit that asked so much from so brief a life. Here is an unforgettable portrait of an unforgettable child that reaches out to us all
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William Loizeaux is the author of another memoir, The Shooting of Rabbit Wells, short stories, essays, and two novels for young readers, Clarence Cochran, A Human Boy, and Wings, which received an ASPCA Henry Berg Children’s Book Award and was the 2006 Golden Kite Honor Book for Fiction. He has a second daughter, Emma, and lives with his wife, Beth, in Boston, where he is Writer in Residence at Boston University.From Library Journal:
VATER syndrome, a rare condition of vertebral defects, imperforate anus, and radial/renal dysplasia that combine to form a host of congenital anomalies, remains undetectable by amniocentesis. It therefore came as an awful surprise to the author and his wife when their daughter Anna was born with the condition and when, five months later, despite multiple procedures and operations, she died. This memoir of Anna's life, written in clear, moving prose, chronicles the time with her as well as the year after her death. It is a heartbreaking story, but the author's skill and eloquence make it unforgettable. While it also discusses a baby's death, Elizabeth Mehren's Born Too Soon ( LJ 6/1/91) lacks the memorable writing style of this book. Very highly recommended.
- Janet M. Coggan, Univ. of Florida Libs., Gainesville
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Book Description Arcade Publishing, 1993. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111559702311
Book Description Arcade Publishing, 1993. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1559702311
Book Description Arcade Publishing, 1993. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1559702311