Ricky Monahan Brown
Stroke is a survival memoir and love story set in a New York City about to be ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. The day after losing his job, hard-nosed financial lawyer Ricky suffers a catastrophic hemorrhagic stroke, and begins the struggle to return to love, fatherhood, and Scotland. He’s cajoled, bullied, supported and loved back to health by Beth, his then girl-friend, now his wife. Witty and utterly lacking in self pity, this is a young man’s return from the brink.
‘An inspirational story... It is told with both sadness and humour. It has lessons for all people who care for those with a stroke, and has a fascinating, and unexpected, ending.’
-Professor Sir Kenneth Calman
‘No memoir about a major neurological injury should be this funny. As much a narrative about navigating adulthood and everything that comes with it as it is about recovery, locating illness and everything that comes with it in a painfully real context that should be required reading for anyone who has ever been a patient or a partner.’
‘By turns funny, philosophical, and morbidly fascinating, Stroke is a wryly humourous meditation on love, home, memory, the strangeness of life and, if we are lucky, the miracle of second chances. ’
‘Stroke is a brilliant memoir. Written with searing honesty, literary panache and, most importantly, a hefty dose of humour, this is a great book about a difficult subject matter.’
‘A worthy read and is most eloquently written. Few will end this book without being moved by its contents and without an incredible admiration for this extraordinary individual.’