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Storm Cloud Haze: A memoir in poetry, prose and polaroids

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A firework of pain combusted below my right eyebrow. It was so sharp it smashed the breath from my lungs and voice from my throat. If it had lasted only one second longer, I would have screamed. My skull was cracking from the inside.

At 19 years old, Alessandra Wike learns she has a genetic abnormality: a tumor made of bone growing in the center of her sinuses. Each time it
Paperback, 93 pages
Published June 6th 2019 by Persimmon Moon Press
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catherine ♡
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Very powerful and unique—I love everything about how this book is formatted. The polaroids were probably my favorite part, followed by the prose sections.

Some of the poetry was really powerful, while others fell a little flat; I also ran into quite a few typos throughout the book, but other than that, this was a really good read.
Michael Sahd
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! How do you rate this? How do you rate someone's life, their pain, their suffering, their fear? I didn't really want to, but I know how important it is for an author.

If this were a work of fiction, my rating would be so different, or if I were to rate it on the writing alone. I disliked the poetry. Even the prose was written poetically, and I care little for that style of writing. However, I'm going to ignore that part of my brain for this review. It's trivial to the story being told in Stor
Edwina Callan
Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from the author in exchange of a fair review.

While easily read in less than an hour, this little tome is one of the most powerfully moving and heart-wrenching books that I have ever read.
Part memoir, part poetry, with pictures scattered throughout, this is the story of a young lady who goes through the hellish nightmare of a life-threatening medical condition that is both rare and terrifying and lives to tell the tale.

Highly recommended.
Shani Chen
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once I opened up the pages to this book, I was completely swept away by the story. Although the book consists of relatively short journal entries and poems, the impact of these pieces strung together was so powerful, it was enough to bring tears to my eyes. I could feel all of the pain with her and understand all of her emotions. She was such a master at painting her world and letting others get an inside view of her experience. I was really in awe of the author for sharing her story so vulnerab ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I felt very connected to the author while reading this book. She allowed a glimpse into a very hard, very vulnerable point in her life and did it with grace and hope. I felt a strong sense of empathy while reading her story because I also have rare, hard to diagnose medical conditions that started in early adulthood. I know the struggle of unsympathetic doctors, being bounced from specialist to specialist and feeling like your life is on borrowed time. It was very moving, and in my case very eas ...more
Rachel Foley
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I found this book to be really inspiring. While I don’t have a tumor like the author does, I found that I was able to relate to this book a lot. I have a chronic illness that is hard to diagnose, and I have also felt as if doctors were passing me around as if I didn’t have a serious condition. Reading Storm Cloud Haze made me feel less alone and misunderstood. I truly enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to people branch
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