I Found My Tribe: A Memoir

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5.8 X 8.5 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author
RUTH FITZMAURICE was a radio researcher and producer when she married her husband, Simon, in 2004 and had three children. In 2008, Simon was diagnosed with ALS and given three years to live. Simon went into respiratory failure in 2010 and was accidentally placed on a ventilator during an emergency procedure. He decided, against medical advice, to keep the ventilator; Ruth and Simon went on to have twins in 2012 and Simon lived until 2017. Ruth lives in Ireland with her five children, 2 dogs, and a cat.

"A lyrical and moving memoir." - The Economist

"A moving memoir of family life, coping with her husband's motor neuron disease and the icy joys of wild sea swimming." - Best Non-Fiction, Good Housekeeping

"An uplifting, life-celebrating memoir written amid extremely difficult circumstances." - Kirkus Reviews

"A moving and emotional piece of writing, Fitzmaurice's captivating memoir shares her unique experience and invites the reader to realize the strength of love and the support of true friendship." - Booklist

"Fitzmaurice is a lyrical writer, and her story is intimate and sad but ultimately one of bravery and survival." - Publishers Weekly

"I Found My Tribe is one of the year's most arresting, humbling and acute memoirs. It is a catch-in-the-throat, life-affirming work that you want to gulp down in one and recommend to all your friends. Fitzmaurice tells her story in sparkling prose that is as sinewy as her new sea-strengthened body, and as admirable and boundless as her spirit... This debut is set to become a global bestseller. It is also one of a number of recent books by women riding the crest of a wild-swimming wave. Fitzmaurice's memoir, though, is likely to be the one that exerts the greatest tidal pull." - Sunday Times (London)