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A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
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Feb 10, 2011

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Abigail and her husband Rich lived happily in Manhattan. On April 24, 2000 while Rich is out walking their dog, he is hit by a car and sustains a traumatic brain injury. His skull was shattered, his perception of time and reality forever altered. After being hospitalized, Rich is moved to a home where they had experience caring for people with traumatic brain injuries.

Abigail lives alone with her 3 dogs and visits Rich regularly but she never knows from one day to the next how she will find him. Rich has no short term memory whatsoever and can’t even remember what he did five minutes ago.

In this memoir, Abigail captures not only the experience of watching a loved one slip into an unreachable world, but also the amazing strength and courage it takes to face life’s darkest nights alone. In reading this book it made me think about how well or not well I would handle my life after such a tragic loss. Lots to think about in this beautifully written memoir!

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