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I read this powerful memoir on the bus, on my couch sprawled in the sunshine, in bed with a small reading lamp. Anna Lyndsey does not have that luxury--in 2005, she developed an extreme and painful sensitivity to light, and has since lived day-to-day in the carefully maintained darkness of a pitch-black house. Her tale has all the lyricism and flow of a novel, but is so much more brutal because it is true. I can't stop thinking about this one, especially when I blow out the candles at night.— Andrea
In the quarter-age of her active, career-oriented, ordinary city life, Anna Lyndsey suddenly must flee into darkness. Severe photo-sensitivity forces her out of her job and home and body as she knew it—into twilight at the best of times, and a completely blacked-out bedroom at the worst. And yet, despite the extraordinary circumstances of her life, Lyndsey’s memoir is neither constantly heavy-hearted nor devastated—because of Pete, Lyndsey’s “person I love.” Girl in the Dark grates wit and tenderness against the starkness of very literal loneliness and pain. Lyndsey’s solitude is so real, her fear and shock so big, but her quirky humor and the warmth of Pete’s steady love become what’s most poignant in this absorbing memoir.— Julia
Brilliantly, beautifully written, Lyndsey takes the reader on a maddening journey through her rare affliction of the skin. When she finds that her skin reacts to all forms of light, Lyndsey must retreat to a fortress of darkness as she struggles to find a cure. Through creative tactics and unflinching resolve, she pushes forward, ever seeking the light at the end of her dark tunnel.— Sara