First Sentence: “I was born on a Tuesday morning. It was a difficult birth, because I was thirty-four years old.”
When Jonathan Hooper wakes up after six years in a coma due to a stroke, he is unable to speak and has lost his ability to understand numbers. His awakening is considered a miracle since he was never expected to recover. Jonathan has no memory of who he used to be. He ends up in a rehabilitation hospital where he meets Rebecca, a young woman who is also a stroke victim who is trying to rebuild her life.
From the Publisher:
A steadily accelerating story exploring the irony, humor, and opportunity that can accompany personal calamity, Me Again follows the intertwined paths of two people forced to start over in life: one looking for his place in a world that has moved on without him, the other struggling to navigate a relationship with a man who wishes she were someone else.
I read the first 75 pages of Me Again before setting it aside. Although I appreciated Jonathan’s voice and the struggle to recover from a devastating neurological event, I had a hard time buying into the novel. Perhaps because my profession is as a physical therapist, I found the scenes in the rehabilitation hospital mostly unbelievable. Jonathan’s physical therapist is represented as an unprofessional womanizer and nearly all the stroke rehabilitation scenes were inaccurate. Both Jonathan and Rebecca refer to their physical therapists as “trainers” – a phrase which I have never heard in the nearly 24 years I have been working as a PT. Rebecca’s physical therapist would rather watch a football game on television than assist Rebecca to walk in the parallel bars (this was especially odd to me given that I have never worked in a rehabilitation gym where there is a television on, much less a football game). So, although this book is getting some great reviews, it was not for me.
On a positive note – Keith Cronin is donating 25% of all proceeds from the book to the American Stroke Association.
About the Author:
Keith Cronin is a corporate speechwriter and professional rock drummer who has performed and recorded with artists including Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, and Pat Travers. He is also becoming informally known as “the title guy,” having provided the title for Sara Gruen’s blockbuster “Water for Elephants,” as well as Susan Henderson’s HarperCollins debut “Up from the Blue.”
Keith’s fiction has appeared in Carve Magazine, Amarillo Bay, The Scruffy Dog Review, Zinos, and a University of Phoenix management course. A native of South Florida, Keith spends his free time serenading local ducks and squirrels with his ukulele.