Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.2 × 5.2 × 0.52 in
Published: March 20, 2012
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0345512162
ISBN - 13: 9780345512161
About the Book
From the bestselling author of "Talk Before Sleep" and "What We Keep" comes "the love story of the year" ("Detroit Free Press"). A woman waiting for her husband to awake from a coma discovers the meaning of love, friendship, and faith.
Read from the Book
They say that one of the reasons for tragedy is that you learn important lessons from it. Appreciation for your nor¬mal life, for one thing. A new longing for things only ordinary. The feeling is that we are so caught up in minu¬tiae—slicing tomatoes and filling out forms and waiting in lines and emptying the dryer and looking in the paper for things to do—that we forget how to use what we’ve been given. Therefore we don’t taste the plum. We are blind to the slant of the four o’clock sun against the changing show of leaves. We are deaf to the throaty purity of children’s voices. We are assumed to be rather hopeless—swallowed up by incorrect notions, divorced from the original genius with which we are born, lost within days of living this distracting life. We are capable only of moments, of single seconds of true appreciation and connection. That is the thought. I never did believe that. I always felt I had a kind of con¬tinual appreciation with a flame that did not flicker, despite the ongoing assaults of an imperfect life. I didn’t think I was the only one, either. I thought that all around me were awake people with hearts huge and whole and open. And I wondered, after the accident happened, what is the point in this? Where is the meaning in it? What lesson can I possi¬bly learn? But sometimes lessons take the crooked path. I mean that I used to wonder how I would feel if I were suddenly plucked from my normal l
From the Publisher
In this exquisite, emotionally rich novel, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg offers a deeply satisfying story about the bonds of love and the balm of friendship. A young man named Jay lies in a coma after suffering a freak accident, and his wife, Lainey, is the only one who believes he will recover. She sits at his bedside, bringing him reminders of the ordinary life they shared: fragrant flowers, his children’s drawings, his own softly textured shirt. When Lainey’s faith in his recovery falters, she is sustained by two women, Alice and Evie, who teach her about the endurance of friendship—and the genuine power of hope. Filled with beautiful writing and truths about life, Range of Motion is hard to put down and impossible to forget.
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From the Jacket
He walked past a building, and a huge chunk of ice fell off the roof, and it hit him in the head. This is Chaplinesque, right? People start to laugh when I tell them . . . In this exquisite novel, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Pull of the Moon, Jay Berman lingers in a coma after a sudden, shattering accident. His wife, Lainey, thinks that he''ll recover -- though sometimes she fears she''s the only one who believes. She sits at his side as he lies motionless. Determined to reach him, she offers reminders of the ordinary life they shared: sweet-smelling flowers, his soft-textured shirt, spices from their kitchen. And through this ordeal, she is sustained by two women who will teach her about the endurance of friendship -- and the genuine power of hope.
About the Author
Elizabeth Berg was born December 2, 1948 and educated at the University of Minnesota and at St. Mary's College. Author of the novels Durable Goods and Talk Before Sleep, she also writes short stories and essays. She has contributed to periodicals, including Good Housekeeping, Parents, and Woman's Day. In 1992, Berg published the nonfiction book Family Traditions: Celebrations for Holidays and Everyday.
“The day you open this book you will miss all your appointments because . . . you will read it straight through.”—Entertainment Weekly
“A simple but intensely moving story about the redemptive power of love . . . [Elizabeth Berg is] a writer whose luminous prose is likely to stay with you a long, long time.”—Chicago Tribune
“A stunning, believable, funny novel that celebrates the unassuming invincibility of the human spirit.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A luminous, bittersweet, almost mystical meditation on the unexpected, often hidden, joys found in the least likely of places.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“The terrifically talented Berg at her best.”—People