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What to look for in winter : a memoir in blindness

Author: Candia McWilliam
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2012. ©2010
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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In 2006, the acclaimed novelist Candia McWilliam began losing her sight, a gradual onset of blindness that seemed like an assault cruelly tailored for someone whose life consisted of reading and writing. Propelled to look inward and into the past, McWilliam embarked on a painful personal voyage through a waste of snows punctuated by shards of ice as she attempted to write her life back. What followed was a flow of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Candia McWilliam; Candia McWilliam
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Candia McWilliam
ISBN: 9780062094506 0062094505
OCLC Number: 730414066
Description: xvi, 440 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: A paper umbrella --
Spectacles. Earpiece I ; Lens I ; Bridge ; Lens II ; Earpiece II --
See/saw. The seen in the thaw ; Saw/see ; Milk money ; The shaman in the basement ; Mine eyes dazzle ; Goosey, goosey gander ; Snowdropped in ; Eyes half-cut ; Two instances of spring ; Silver wadding and the smell of remorse ; Pollen and soot and the family in the cupboard.
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In 2006, the acclaimed novelist Candia McWilliam began losing her sight, a gradual onset of blindness that seemed like an assault cruelly tailored for someone whose life consisted of reading and writing. Propelled to look inward and into the past, McWilliam embarked on a painful personal voyage through a waste of snows punctuated by shards of ice as she attempted to write her life back. What followed was a flow of memory: her childhood in Edinburgh, her devastating alcoholism, finding and losing her bearings in Cambridge and London, her marriages, her children, and, overshadowing it all, her mother's suicide. A personal story of love and loss, addiction and reclamation, her memoir is also a celebration of friendship, reading, children, and the consolations of landscape. McWilliam riffles through her many incarnations to find her true self and discover how she may come to see once more.

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