Girl in the Dark: A Memoir of a Life Without Light

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Anchor Books
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5.1 X 0.9 X 8.0 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

ANNA LYNDSEY is a pen name. Lyndsey worked for several years in London as a civil servant until she became ill. She now lives with her husband in Hampshire, England.


"Extraordinarily vivid. . . . [Lyndsey] has found new ways to look at the world, out of the darkness."
--The Washington Post

"Melodic, penetrating. . . . [Girl in the Dark] reveals the quiet, ingenious consciousness of a poet."
--The New York Times Book Review

"What stays with the reader is [Lyndsey's] gutsiness, her imagination and fortitude."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"This book about darkness shines. . . . Its honesty, bravery and touches of black comedy will be a help to anyone suffering from a chronic illness as well as to those who--at least for now--are spared."
--The Sunday Times (London)

"The premise of Girl in the Dark seems lifted out of a Gothic novel: a woman whose flesh is burned by light is confined to a dark box of a room. But this story is so much more than a medical mystery or a nightmarishly true tale. I read this book, a memoir that reads like an epic poem, pen in hand, feverishly underlining sentence after sentence. . . . This book is a gift, a testament to the power of art as a saving grace."
--Susannah Cahalan, author of the New York Times bestseller Brain on Fire

"Absolutely stunning. . . . [Reveals] a gorgeous writer of rare honesty and wit."
--Boston Globe

"A little masterpiece. . . . A luminous account that celebrates everything that is best about being human."
--Mail on Sunday (London)

"Stories about illness or adversity often end up feeling like self-help books. Not this one. . . . Her insights jump off the page like challenges... [An] extremely readable and upliftingly brave memoir."
--Sydney Morning Herald

"Sparkles with dark humor and wonder at the world . . . beautifully affecting. . . . A tribute to the power of humanity, generosity and endurance, Girl in the Dark is incredibly powerful stuff." --The Guardian (London)

"Her prose is disorienting and dreamy, a nonlinear string of impressions that tries to capture what it feels like to live in the dark. . . .There is something ecstatic--erotic, even--about her sense impressions."
--NPR Books

"In this astonishing memoir Anna Lyndsey takes us into the world of a rare and shocking illness, and we emerge awed by a shining love story. Anna writes with such honesty and grace and mischief about how her condition forces her to retreat into blackness--yet we see that this new space she so bravely creates for herself is suffused with light."
--Sonali Deraniyagala, author of Wave, winner of the PEN/Ackerly Prize and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

"[Lyndsey] has taken her dark world and infused it with a luminous clarity and a quietly self-deprecating humour."
--The Toronto Star

"Deeply affecting. . . . Working gingerly with the array of metaphors that emerge from darkness and offering small, telling details, Lyndsey achieves a powerful assertion of self against the eclipse of all that she used to hold dear in the realm of light."
--Publishers Weekly