The Museum of Words: A Memoir of Language, Writing, and Mortality (Hardcover)
On a bright spring day in 2015, as Georgia Blain was mowing the lawn, she collapsed on a bed of blossoms, blood frothing at her mouth. Waking up to find herself in the back of an ambulance being rushed to hospital, she tries to answer questions, but is unable to speak. After the shock of a bleak prognosis -- a tumor sitting right in the language center of her brain and a long, gruelling treatment schedule -- she immediately turns to writing to rebuild her language and herself.
At the same time, her mother moves into a nursing home with Alzheimer's; weeks earlier, her best friend and mentor had been diagnosed with the same brain tumor. All three of them are writers, with language at the core of their being. The Museum of Words is a meditation on writing, reading, first words and last words, picking up thread after thread as it builds on each story to become a much larger narrative. This idiosyncratic and deeply personal memoir is a writer's take on how language shapes us, and how often we take it for granted -- until we are in danger of losing it.