Rachel likes to think of herself as a nice Jewish girl, dedicated to doing what’s honorable, just as her parents raised her to do. But when her husband, David, survives a plane crash and is left with severe brain damage, she faces a choice: will she dedicate her life to caring for a man she no longer loves, or walk away?
Their marriage had been rocky at the time of the accident, and though she wants to do the right thing, Rachel doesn’t know how she is supposed to care for two kids in addition to a now irrational, incontinent, and seizure-prone grown man. And how will she manage to see her lover? But then again, what kind of selfish monster would refuse to care for her disabled husband, no matter how unhappy her marriage had been? Rachel wants to believe that she can dedicate her life to David’s needs, but knows in her heart it is impossible.
Crash tackles a pervasive dilemma in our culture: the moral conflicts individuals face when caregiving for a disabled or cognitively impaired family member.
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Rachel Michelberg grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and still enjoys living there with her husband and their two dogs. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from San Jose State University, and has performed leading roles in musicals and opera from Carmen to My Fair Lady. When Rachel isn’t working with one of her twenty voice and piano students, she loves gardening, hiking, and baking sourdough bread. Crash is her first book.
I really enjoy a memoir. But this one was so much more. I loved that Michelberg shared her story with us and was honored to share this with someone going through some of what Michelberg shares with us.
This is a raw heartfelt read and I hope that everyone gets to read it.
4 stars and I recommend this to everyone.
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