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Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. Poetry. Hybrid Genre. "To call Sarah Adleman's memoir profound and beautiful would be a grossly inadequate attempt to describe a brilliant, deeply moving yet unflinchingly unsentimental exploration of grief I could never in my life have begun to imagine, at least not until now: a blended-genre collage of historical, scientific, autobiographical and deeply spiritual nonfiction, poetry and prose poetry, including the poetry written by Adleman's wise, remarkable mother. This memoir asks some of the most difficult questions anyone can ask: How is acceptance and forgiveness even possible in the face of unspeakable cruelty and violence? How is it possible even to describe, much less to find the right metaphors for, unspeakable pain and grief? Yet through her most profound struggles, Adleman finds a way, taking us on long journeys by train, across snowy landscapes, even to sweat lodges and Tibet, making a deep dive into such a complex array of extended metaphors that she can finally bring herself, and us, to a kind of understanding and acceptance. Before now, I could not have imagined a more courageous, life-changing memoir than this, yet here it is, a loving tribute to Adleman's long-grieving father and lost mother." --Lex Williford.

Sarah Abigail Adleman was raised along the bayous of Houston, the hills of Texas, and the swamps of Louisiana. Her early career included working as a watch repair specialist, a waitress in an Irish Pub, and a bartender in a downtown Houston dive. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts from The University of St. Thomas in Houston before serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bangladesh. She continued to work as a high school English teacher in China and studied yoga in Indian ashrams before earning her MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas at El Paso. During this time, she simultaneously practiced as a Certified Yoga Therapist specializing in Traumatic Brain Injury, which she continues to practice today. “The Lampblack Blue of Memory: My Mother Echoes” (Tolsun Books, 2019) is her first book. Sarah currently lives in Colorado with her husband, dog, and newborn son.

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ISBN: 9781948800235
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Published: Tolsun Books - June 18th, 2019