How to Lose Everything: A Memoir
Disability, death and divorce are part of a string of losses that leave this award-winning musician fundamentally changed as she learns to navigate her grief and find a way forward.
Christa Couture lost a piece of herself--in more ways than one. She lost a leg to amputation from childhood bone cancer. She lost a son to complications at birth. She lost another son to a heart defect. She lost a husband to divorce. Each of these losses has left her altered.
In her debut memoir, Couture relives these tragedies alongside the joys that fill the spaces in between. With a quiet wisdom, she explores the dichotomies of grief--how a dismantling necessitates growth, how trauma will at once harden and soften a person. Evoking Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking and Rachel Cusk's A Life's Work, How to Lose Everything reflects on the emotional and psychological experiences of motherhood, partnership and change.
Couture's story is an offering of kinship to anyone touched by loss, be that the loss of a physical ability, the loss of a loved one, the loss of a relationship or the loss of one's sense of self. With gentleness and generosity, How to Lose Everything bears witness to the shift in perspective that comes with grief, and how it can deepen compassion for others, expand understanding, inspire a letting go of little things and plant a deeper feeling for what matters.
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About the Author
Christa Couture is an award-winning performing and recording artist, non-fiction writer and broadcaster. She is also proudly Indigenous, queer, disabled and a mom. Her sixth recording, Safe Harbour, was released March 2020. Her writing has been published in Room, Shameless and Augur magazines and CBC.ca. As a speaker and storyteller, she has addressed audiences for The Walrus Talks, CBC's DNTO Live and Moses Znaimer's ideacity. She is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio's Now or Never and The Next Chapter, and she is a weekday afternoon host on 106.5 ELMNT FM in Toronto.