Where Is the Mango Princess?
A Journey Back From Brain Injury
By Cathy Crimmins
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375704420, 272pp.)
Publication Date: October 9, 2001
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Humorist Cathy Crimmins has written a deeply personal, wrenching, and often hilarious account of the effects of traumatic brain injury, not only on the victim, in this case her husband, but on the family.
When her husband Alan is injured in a speedboat accident, Cathy Crimmins reluctantly assumes the role of caregiver and learns to cope with the person he has become. No longer the man who loved obscure Japanese cinema and wry humor, Crimmins' husband has emerged from the accident a childlike and unpredictable replica of his former self with a short attention span and a penchant for inane cartoons. Where Is the Mango Princess? is a breathtaking account that explores the very nature of personality-and the complexities of the heart.
Cathy Crimmins lives with her husband and daughter in Pennsylvania.
"[S]imply amazing. [An] astonishing alchemical story of tragedy and recovery."
--Anne Lamott, author of Traveling Mercies
"A portrait of family tragedy all the more poignant for mixing humor with blazing honesty."
"Transcends the subject of illness to become an inspiring meditation on the enduring nature of love."