Louise: Amended

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About the Author
Louise Krug is an Assistant Professor of Nonfiction Writing at Washburn University, in Topeka, Kansas. Some of her recent work has appeared in River Teeth, Word Riot, Parcel, and The Huffington Post. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband and children.
Named Best Book of 2012 by Publishers Weekly
Having just graduated from college, Krug and her dreamy French boyfriend, Claude (a man given to wearing his button-down shirts buttoned halfway up), leave the flatlands of Kansas for Santa Barbara, California--there, Krug finds a reporting job covering high society 'gardens, weddings, and pets, ' and Claude gets a gig with a local paper. Young, in love, gainfully employed, and living close to the coast, post-collegiate life couldn't be better--day after day '[t]hey drink Mexican beer and wear bathing suits indoors. They do drugs and wander through organic markets, spotting celebrities.' But just weeks after settling in, Krug suffers a severe cavernous angioma in her brain. She gets dizzy, she can't walk, and it soon becomes clear that brain surgery is inevitable, and life will never be the same. In gracefully stark prose, Krug narrates in the third person the implosion of what should've been her gilded life, the sad and prolonged dissolution of her relationship with Claude, and her transformation from 'the kind of girl other girls only pretended to like' to a wife, mother, and PhD candidate back in Kansas. Interspersed throughout are fictional imaginings of the perspectives of her loved ones as she endures numerous surgeries and years of physically and emotionally excruciating rehab. Supplemented with facsimiles of the 'Illustrated Facial Exercises' she used to work damaged muscles, as well as other medical documents, Krug's story is an immediate, unsparing, and beautifully rendered account of loss and recovery. --Publishers Weekly, starred review

A massive brain trauma robbed fashionable young Louise of the shallow currency she'd banked on all her life, and the resulting struggle is a page-turner in which a person's very soul deepens before your eyes. Louise: Amended rewards a reader's time--a must read.--Mary Karr

This story of shattered hope, gigantic challenge, unlikely courage, slow revelation will have you gripping the pages and rooting from the sidelines. Louise reinvents the memoir, makes it bolder, stronger, stranger, more honest, and---in every possible way---wildly inspiring.--Deb Olin Unferth

Krug, who is 29 now -- and married with a new baby -- didn't consult her ex-boyfriend about his feelings at the time. But if the adoption of his voice seems unfair at first, it grows apparent that Krug isn't taking aim at Claude or anyone else. Louise is the target.--Kansas City Star

"In this memoir, the author recounts the life-threatening brain trauma that severely disabled her at age 22. Her fight for recovery is inspirational. Today, Krug is a wife, mother, teacher and Ph.D. candidate."--Sacramento Bee